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JANUARY 2015

Vol. 3, Issue 07

A PUBLICATION OF GYANM EDUCATION & TRAINING INSTITUTE PVT. LTD.

SCO 13-14-15, 2 ND FLOOR, SEC 34-A, CHANDIGARH

CONTENTS

 

CURRENT AFFAIRS SEPT TO NOV 2014

 

2-28

BULLET NEWS JUNE TO AUG 2014

 

30-40

GK MCQs – NOV 2014

 

42-50

INTERVIEW SPECIAL

 

51-54

INSURANCE PAPER

 

55-68

SPL MCQs ON POLITY

 

70-75

LATEST GK BULLETS

 

76-99

FIGURES TO REMEMBER

REPO RATE

 

8.00%

REVERSE REPO RATE

 

7.00%

MARGINAL STANDING FACILITY RATE

 

9.00%

STATUTORY LIQUIDITY RATIO

 

22%

CASH RESERVE RATIO

 

4.00%

BANK RATE

 

9.00%

BASE RATE(s) (of various banks)

 

9.80% –

10.25 %

INDIA’S RANK IN

 

Global Terrorism Index 2014

th

6

Global Slavery Index 2014

1

st

Gender Gap Index

114

th

Ease of Doing Business (World Bank)

142

nd

Global Hunger Index 2013

55

th

Global Competitiveness

71

st

Human Development Index

135

th

Global Innovation Index

76

th

Economic Confidence Index

01

st

Choice for FDI

143

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Press Freedom Index 2014

78

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Social Progress Index

102

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World Press Freedom Index

140

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Environment Performance Index

155

th

Index for Nuclear Safety

23

rd

Index of Economic Freedom

120

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Rank in Energy Usage

69

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NATIONAL NEWS

NOVEMBER 2014

PM VISITS MYANMAR, AUSTRALIA AND FIJI

On Nov 11, Prime Minister Narendra Modi left India for a ten day foreign visit, starting from Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar where he attended the ASEAN-India Summit on 12 th Nov. He attended the 7 th East Asian Summit there on Nov 13.

On the sidelines of the summits, he met Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, Malaysian PM Najib Razak, Russian Premier Dmitry Medvedev, Thai PM Gen Prayut Chan-o-Cha. He also met Myanmar’s opposition leader and Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi.

ASEAN is a group of 10 countries – Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia and Brunei with headquarters at Jakarta, Indonesia. Next ASEAN summit is to be held in Cambodia, March, 2015. East Asia Summit is an extended version of ASEAN in which eight more countries are members – India, China, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Russia, USA and South Korea.

NOV 14: Modi reached Brisbane, Australia to attend Heads of Nations meet of G-20 nations on 15 th -16 th Nov.

NOV 17: Modi addressed Indian diaspora at Allphones Arena, Sydney. Mr. Modi assured life time visa to PIO and OCI card holders. PIO – Persons of Indian Origin OCI – Overseas Citizens of India

of Indian Origin OCI – Overseas Citizens of India NOV 18: Modi addressed the Australian Parliament

NOV 18: Modi addressed the Australian Parliament at Canberra, first Indian Prime Minister to do so. Later in day he visited Melbourne where Australian PM hosted a

dinner for him at the 116 year old Melbourne Cricket Ground.

India and Australia signed five pacts on social security, transfer of sentenced prisoners, combating narcotics trade, tourism, and arts and culture.

Prime Minister: Tony Abbott Monarch: Queen Elizabeth

Capital: Canberra Nick name: Aussie, Oz

NOV 19: Modi arrives in Fiji. He addressed their Parliament, becoming first foreign dignitary to do so. He announced a $75 million line of credit for a power plant and upgrading the sugar industry.

Fiji Prime Minister: Frank Bainimarama Capital: Suva

NOV 20: Narendra Modi flied back to India.

MODI WOOS SAARC NATIONS

The two-day 18 th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit was held at Kathmandu from 26 th Nov to 27 th Nov, with an agenda to improve connectivity among member states for boosting trade, collectively fighting the poverty and illiteracy. The eight members signed the SAARC Framework on Energy (Electricity) Cooperation to facilitate inter country trading of electricity.

to facilitate inter country trading of electricity. Theme: 'Deeper Regional Integration for

Theme:

'Deeper

Regional

Integration

for

Peace

and

Prosperity'

New Chairman of SAARC: Mr. Sushil Koirala, Prime Minister of Nepal

FIVE PROPOSALS BY INDIA AT SAARC:

1.

SAARC Business traveller card for all member countries

2.

Easy visa for medical treatment visits

3.

Online courses and e library for South Asian students

4.

To

provide five –

in – one vaccine for children and

support for polio free all countries

5. To provide funds for TB-HIV laboratory

The SAARC has eight members: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka with permanent headquarters at Kathmandu, Nepal. The 19 th SAARC summit will be held in 2016 in Islamabad, Pakistan.

RUSSIAN DEPUTY PM VISITS INDIA

Dmitry Rogozin, Deputy Prime Minister of Russia visited India to attend 20th session of the India-Russia Inter- Governmental Commission on Trade, Economic, Scientific, Technological and Cultural Cooperation at New Delhi.

SAINTHOOD FOR TWO NATIVE INDIANS

In

a canonisation ceremony presided over by Pope Francis

II

in the Vatican on Nov 23, Sainthood was granted to two

Indians - Father Kuriakose Elias Chavara, popularly known

as Chavara Achen, and Sister Euphrasia, popularly known as

Evuprasiamma. Both of them hail from the Syro Malabar Catholic Church, Kerala. The only other native Indian to get sainthood - Sister Alphonsa (2008) is also from this church.

NGOs TO WORK AGAINST OPEN DEFECATION

Three global organisations on 24 November 2014 signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to end open defecation in India. The agreement is for three years. These three organisations are the World Toilet Organisation (WTO), WASTE and the Financial Inclusion Improves Sanitation and Health (FINISH).

INDIA 6 TH WORST HIT BY TERRORISM

Institute for Economics and Peace, Sydney released Global Terrorism Index 2014. The Index provides ranks for 162 countries in terms of impact of terrorism. Iraq continues to be worst affected where 6362 lives were lost in 2013 due to terrorism. India is 6 th worst affected nation.

INDIA TOPS IN HUMAN SLAVERY NUMBERS

With over 14.2 million in India being involved in forced labour and being victims of trafficking-for sexual exploitation and forced marriage, the country is home to the largest number – about 40 per cent of the people trapped in modern slavery. As per the Global Slavery Index 2014, published by the Walk Free Foundation in Perth, Australia, around 35.8 million people are enslaved across the world.

President Pranab Mukherjee visited Bhutan on a two-day visit - 7-8 Nov. He is the first Indian head of state to visit to the country in 26 years.

6 th World Ayurveda Congress held in New Delhi from 6 to 9 November 2014. This year’s theme was “Health Challenges and Ayurveda”.

A latest UN report says that, India has the world’s largest youth population with 356 million 10-24-year- olds, followed by China.

Public Service Broadcasting Day observed on 12 th Nov to commemorate Mahatma Gandhi's first and only visit to All India Radio.

Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency Ltd (IREDA) and US Export-Import (Exim) Bank signed an MoU for cooperation on clean energy investment.

The 45 th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) began in Goa on November 20. China is the focus country of this festival.

Children's Film Society of India organised the first edition of the National Children's Film Festival from 14 to 16 Nov at New Delhi.

The World Economic Forum (WEF) in partnership with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) hosted the India Economic Summit in New Delhi from Nov 4 to 6.

Prasar Bharti announced to re-launch DD National with new tagline Doordarshan National – Desh Ka Apna Channel.

India and Bhutan signed an MoU on 7th Nov. for the establishment of Nalanda University in Bihar to develop the institution as an international centre of excellence.

Sushma Swaraj: External Affairs Minister visits Dubai on Nov. 10.

India and Republic of Korea signed a Memorandum of Understanding to facilitate technical cooperation in Railway sector between the two countries.

First Commonwealth Science Congress was held in Bengaluru on 25 th November.

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PRESIDENT VISITS NORWAY, FINLAND

President Pranab Mukherjee became the first ever Indian head of state to visit Norway. Over a dozen pacts were signed with Norway to step up cooperation in defence, science and technology, education and other sectors. President visited the village of Santa Claus and crossed the Arctic Circle. India has a station ‘Himadri’, located in the middle of North Pole and Norway. In Finland, the two countries signed an agreement for nuclear cooperation.

VIETNAM PM VISITS INDIA

Nguyen Tan Dung, Vietnam Prime Minister came on a two- day visit to India. The two countries agreed to have sister city ties between Ho Chi Minh City and Mumbai. Agreement was also signed for extending India’s role in oil exploration in South China Sea.

INDIA MOVES UP ON HUNGER INDEX

Although still behind neighbouring Nepal and Sri Lanka, India made some progress in reducing poverty level though its status remains classified as "serious" on the Global Hunger Index 2014. India ranks 55th on GHI, (up from 63rd in 2013) better than Pakistan and Bangladesh (ranked 57), but trails behind Nepal (44) and Sri Lanka (39).

Compiled by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), the GHI ranks 120 countries on three equally weighted indicators the proportion of people who are under- nourished, the proportion of children under five who are underweight, and the mortality rate of children under five.

100 YEARS OF ‘KOMAGATA MARU’ INCIDENT

commemoration of the historic Komagata Maru incident on 29th September. A set of commemorative coins of denominations of Rs 100 and Rs 5 was released to mark the occasion.

‘Komagata Maru’ was the name of the steamer that carried 376 passengers, mostly immigrants from Punjab, from Southeast Asia to Canada. The ship was denied docking in Vancouver owing to discriminatory immigration laws of Canada. The steamer returned to India and docked at Budge Budge, Kolkata on September 27, 1914. Local British guards denied the entry to immigrants led by Baba Gurdit Singh, following which a riot took place in which 19 Indians were killed.

WORK BEGINS ON 'STATUE OF UNITY'

The work order for 'Statue of Unity' — the world's tallest statue (182 mts) of India's first Home Minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel has been issued by the Gujarat Government to leading engineering company Larsen and Toubro (L&T).

INDIA SIGNS MINAMATA CONVENTION

India has signed the Minamata Convention on Mercury to control and reduce emissions from the power plants. The convention is named after the Japanese city Minamata that has become synonymous with deadly mercury contamination since 1950.

BIRTH CENTENARY OF BEGUM AKHTAR

Union Ministry of Culture launched a year – long birth centenary celebrations of Ghazal and Thumri singer Begum Akhtar (07-10-1914). Her original name was Akhtar Bai Faizabadi. A set of commemorative coins of 100 rupees and 5 rupees was released on the occasion.

US TO PROMOTE SMART CITIES IN INDIA

In a boost to India's 100 smart city programme, the US govt has assured its support for developing three such cities - Allahabad, Ajmer and Visakhapatnam. Govt has allocated a sum of Rs 7,060 crore for this purpose in the Union Budget.

AUSTRALIA TO SUPPORT INDIAN PROJECTS

Australia announced 13 innovative projects with India that would support new cutting-edge collaborative research partnerships between universities, professional bodies and private sector organisations of the two countries.

HUDHUD LASHES OUT VISAKHAPATNAM

Areas around Visakhapatnam on Andhra coast were severely lashed by the super cyclone Hudhud, causing widespread destruction. The Cyclone developed due to a deep depression over north Andaman Sea and moved towards Andhra Pradesh, striking the coast around Visakhapatnam with strong winds blowing at speed of around 200 kmph. Prime Minister announced a relief package of Rs. 1,000 crore for the cyclone hit area. Hudhud is the Arabic name of Hoopoe bird, which is the national bird of Israel. The name was suggested by Oman.

INDIA FARES WORST IN PENSION INDEX

was suggested by Oman. INDIA FARES WORST IN PENSION INDEX The Melbourne Mercer Global Pension Index

The Melbourne Mercer Global Pension Index – 2014 has ranked India’s retirement system lowest among the 25 countries surveyed, as less than 6% of the working population in the country is covered under private pension plans. The list is topped by Denmark.

INDIA RANKS LOW ON GENDER GAP INDEX

India has performed poorly in removing gender-based disparities, ranking 114 out of 142 countries in World Economic Forum's 2014 Gender Gap Index, scoring low on parameters like economic participation, education, health and survival. Iceland tops the list with the most equitable sharing of resources among men and women, followed by Finland, Norway.

‘DOING BUSINESS’ STILL NOT EASY IN INDIA

India has been placed at 142nd rank among 189 countries in the latest World Bank’s “Ease of Doing Business” report. The latest ranking, however, does not take into account the latest slew of measures taken by Modi Government to make India a business friendly destination. Singapore tops the list 88.27 points, followed by New Zealand, Hong Kong.

NO INDIAN UNIVERSITY IN TOP 200

None of India’s 600 plus universities finds a place in the global top 200 Times Higher Education Rankings powered by Thomson Reuters. Panjab University, Chandigarh, retains its position as the highest ranked Indian university at 226 place. In the institutions, the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, stands at 276-300 bracket.

Cyclone Nilofar, a very severe cyclonic storm hit Gujarat coast. The name Nilofar was given by Pakistan.

John Baird, Canada's Foreign Minister has said that Canada has agreed to sign commercial contracts for supply of uranium for Indian nuclear reactors.

India signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Culture Cooperation with UK for next five years

A commemorative postage stamp on Sri Lankan Buddhist revivalist and writer Anagarika Dharmapala was released by the President.

Government decides to commemorate Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s birth anniversary (October 31) as “National Integration Day”- Rashtriya Ekta Diwas.

India and Mexico signed a MoU for cooperation in space and working together in the areas of remote sensing

and satellite communication.

India and Nepal have signed a Power Trade Agreement to promote cooperation in the field of production and transmission of electricity.

India Heritage Research Foundation, Rishikesh has released the ‘Encyclopedia of Hinduism’ consisting of 11 volumes and approximately 7000 entries.

India will contribute $4 million in the $5.4 billion aid pool formed by the global donors for rebuilding the Gaza Strip destroyed in the conflict with Israel.

Prime Minister addressed the nation on Oct 3 for the first time over radio in the programme ‘Mann Ki Baat’ to reach out to maximum audience.

SEPTEMBER 2014

MODI MAKES HISTORY AT MSG, NEW YORK

Billed as one of the largest receptions ever held for a foreign head of state in the USA, PM Modi addressed a istorical public gathering of over 18,000 persons at the USA’s most prestigious venue – Madison Square Garden in New York on 28th September. Pitching his 3D mantra for assured progress, Modi said, "We have democracy (peoples government), demographic dividend (young generation) and demand (huge market of over 125 crore Indians) on our side." India is the youngest nation in the world with 65% of its population below 35 years of age. He made four promises to NRI community:

Life time visas for persons of Indian origin (PIO) cardholders

PIO and Overseas Indian Citizen (OCI) cards to be merged in to one common card

Those who come to India for long stay will not have to report periodically at police stations as is the present requirement

US nationals to get long term visas and visa on arrival following electronic travel authorization

Recognising the importance of Modi’s visit to USA, the US Senate unanimously passed a resolution designating September 30 as 'US-India Partnership Day'.

President: Barack Obama Capital: Washington DC Parliament: Congress

P M: No Position Currency: U S Dollar

CHINESE PRESIDENT VISITS INDIA

Currency: U S Dollar CHINESE PRESIDENT VISITS INDIA During recent visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping,

During recent visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping, China signed 12 pacts to commit investment of $20 billion in India in the next five years besides allowing greater market access to Indian companies in sectors like pharmaceutical and farm-products. Highlights of the pacts are:

China to help in modernization of Indian railways, including setting up of a Railway University and adding to the speed of trains, beginning with Chennai- Bangalore-Mysore corridor for trains 160 kmph speed.

Three MoUs signed for Gujarat -- making Guangzhou and Ahmedabad as sister cities, setting up of industrial

parks in Gujarat.

Making the Guangdong province and the Gujarat partners in cultural and social ties.

To provide support for setting up automotive industrial park near Pune, Maharashtra.

Agreed to opening of a new route to Kailash Mansarovar via Nathu La in Sikkim.

To observe year 2015 as “Visit India” year in China, and 2016 as “Visit China” in India.

China’s Premier (Prime Minister): Li Keqiang

Capital: Beijing

China’s Parliament: National People's Assembly

Currency: Renminbi (Yuan)

JAPAN TO INVEST $35 BILLION IN INDIA

During recent Japan visit of our Prime Minister, Japan pledged to invest Rs. 2.1 lakh crore ($35.5 billion) in a wide spectrum of projects in India over five years. These in clued infrastructure, clean energy and skill development. Japan will also provide all possible support to introduce the Shinkansen, or bullet train, along the Ahmedabad-Mumbai route.

Japan’s Emperor: Akihito Prime Minister: Shinzo Abe Capital: Tokyo Currency: Yen Parliament: Diet

KASHI TO LEARN FROM KYOTO

INDIA’s FIRST CORAL GARDEN

 

India and Japan have signed a partner city affiliation agreement between Varanasi (Kashi) and Kyoto, which will see cooperation in the fields of heritage conservation, city modernisation and culture. Kyoto is also known as ‘city of thousand shrines.’

In an attempt to conserve several coral species at one place and to boost tourism in the state, the country's first 'Coral garden' will be set up at Mithapur coastal region of Devbhoomi-Dwarka district in Gujarat.

GOOD NEWS FOR UNDERTRIALS

DOORDARSHAN COMPLETES 55 YEARS

 

In

a

historic

a

a

Public service broadcaster Doordarshan is celebrating 55 years of its service. Doordarshan made a modest beginning in India on 15 th September 1959, when the first experimental centre at Delhi with a small transmitter was inaugurated by the then President Rajendra Prasad.

landmark judgment,

the Supreme Court has directed that all under-trial prisoners

who

have

been in

 

the

prison

for

NALANDA UNIVERSITY IN ‘NEW AVATAR’

 

period

more

than

The ancient Nalanda University (NU), which attracted students from the world over in 6th century A D, started functioning once again after almost 800 years at its newly established campus at Rajgir, Bihar. The university was inaugurated by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.

half of the jail term prescribed for the offences they had been arrested should be released on bail immediately. The Court asked trial court judges to visit jails under their jurisdiction every week starting from October 1 and order the release of such under trial prisoners in the jail itself.

The NU came into existence by the Nalanda University Act passed by Parliament. Economist Amartya Sen is the Chairman of the Governing Body of the university that has received financial support from a number of countries – China, Australia, Singapore and Thailand. The idea of resurrecting the ancient seat of learning was mooted by former President APJ Abdul Kalam.

PRESIDENT VISITS VIETNAM

President Pranab Mukherjee made a four-day state visit to Vietnam and met his counterpart Truong Tan Sang. The two countries signed seven pacts to further strengthen their strategic partnership in key sectors including Oil Exploration, Agriculture and Air Connectivity between the two countries.

INDIA RANKS 3RD IN IT SECURITY

 

President: Trương Tan Sang Capital: Hanoi Parliament: National Assembly

P M:Nguyen Tan Dung Currency: Dong

According to the I T security firm Trend Micro, India ranks third after Japan and the US in the tally of countries most affected by online banking malware during the April-June quarter of 2014.

 

NUCLEAR DEAL INKED WITH AUSTRALIA

   
NUCLEAR DEAL INKED WITH AUSTRALIA    

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott came to India on a two day visit. India signed a landmark civil nuclear cooperation agreement with Australia on 5th September at New Delhi. The deal will ensure regular supply of Uranium for peaceful purposes. Back in 2012, Australia reversed its policy on nuclear sales to India as the latter refused to sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

POSTAL STAMP ON GREAT MUSICIANS

NATIONAL NUTRITION WEEK

This week is celebrated every year from 1st September to the 7th September to make people aware about important tips of their health and well-being. The theme for this week is ‘Poshak Ahaar, Desh Ka Adhaar’.

     

President released a set of eight commemorative postage stamps on great Indian musicians - Pandit Ravi Shankar, Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, D.K. Pattammal, Pandit Mallikarjun Mansur, Gangubai Hangal, Pandit Kumar Gandharva, Ustad Vilayat Khan and Ustad Ali Akbar Khan.

INDIA 71ST IN GLOBAL COMPETITIVENESS

India has signed an agreement with Germany for cooperation in the field of skill development, solid waste management and cleaning of rivers.

Liar’s Dice, a Hindi film directed by Geetu Mohandas has been selected as India’s entry for the Oscar Awards in the foreign film category.

India has slipped to 71st position (from 60th in 2013) in an annual global competitiveness list released by the World Economic Forum. Switzerland remains on top, followed by Singapore and United States.

GATES FOUNDATION TO SUPPORT TOILETS

India and Bangladesh have reached a decision on ratification of the Land Boundary Agreement (LBA) and to ensure zero border killings.

India and Bangladesh signed a MoU on cooperation in the field of traditional systems of medicine and homeopathy.

Sushma Swaraj, External Affairs Minister visits Afghanistan to meet President & to review key projects.

Union Urban Development Ministry and international organisation Bill and Milinda Gates Foundation have agreed on a partnership to promote user friendly toilets to improve sanitation system in India under Swachchh Bharat Mission. The mission aims at providing toilet facility in every household in the country by 2019.

Prime

Minister

Narendra

Modi

turned

64

on

17 th

September.

 

NEWS FROM STATES

 

SEPTEMBER 2014

UNPRECEDENTED FLOOD HAVOC IN J&K

NOVEMBER 2014

First week of September saw all the major rivers of Jammu Kashmir state, particularly Jhelum River over flowing much above the danger mark, flooding a large part of the state, including main city Srinagar, causing unprecedented havoc all around. The situation was declared a “national-level disaster” by Prime Minister. Hundreds of National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) personnel worked round the clock to rescue thousands of marooned persons. Indian Army launched “Operation Megh Rahat” – a rescue operation to save and provide relief to the flood victims. Central govt announced a flood relief package of Rs. 1,000 crore for the state.

MADHYA PRADESH TOPS IN GDP GROWTH

FIR KIOSKS SET UP AT BENGALURU

The Bengaluru City Police has set up a kiosk that lets anyone file an FIR at any time, irrespective of where an incident such as theft or accident may have occurred. The kiosk, equipped with HD audio-video and a touch screen, will enable citizens to speak to a police officer and also sign, print and scan documents.

LUCKNOW - AGRA EXPRESSWAY

The proposed 302 km long Lucknow - Agra Expressway in UP would be the country’s longest access controlled six lane

expressway. It would be 110 meters wide and would cut down travel time from Lucknow to Agra from existing eight hours to less than four hours.

Madhya Pradesh has been chosen for union government’s Best State Award for Empowerment of Disabled for year 2014.

The Karnataka Government aims at construction of 10 lakh toilets by 2018 and make the state completely free from open defecation.

Assam State Zoo in Guwahati has become the first zoo in the world to house the critically endangered pig Pygmy Hog.

According to recent data from CSO, Madhya Pradesh outpaced all the major states to top the economic

growth charts with a scorching 11 per cent growth in 2013-14 — a year when India recorded only

4.7 per cent growth. Madhya Pradesh is followed by new comer Uttrakhand, pushing Bihar to number three spot.

BIHAR TO RESTORE GLORY OF ‘ORWELL’

Pradesh is followed by new comer Uttrakhand, pushing Bihar to number three spot. BIHAR TO RESTORE

Kerala has decided to cull about 2,00,000 poultry birds as a precautionary measure against the H5NI avian influenza virus.

Bihar govt has launched the renovation and beautification work of the birthplace of famous author, journalist and critic George Orwell at Motihari in East Champaran district of Bihar, around 165 km from Patna. Orwell, the author of novels like Animal Farm and Ninteen Eighty-Four, was born at Motihari on 25th June 1903.

OCTOBER 2014

ANDHRA TO WAIVE FARMERS LOANS

Andhra Pradesh government has launched the Rythu Saadhikara Samstha (Farmers Empowerment Corporation) to provide agricultural debt redemption to farmers and also to act as a 'one-stop-shop' for farmer development, welfare and empowerment activities. All farmers who availed crop loans of up to Rs 1.5 lakh would be benefitted.

KERALA TO PROTECT OLD TREES

‘SWAVALAMBAN ABHIYAN': A set of 11 new propoor

initiatives of the Gujarat government aimed at promoting dignity and self-sufficiency of the poor, launched at Gandhinagar by the Prime Minister on his birthday – 17 th September.

General elections declared in Haryana and Maharashtra for October 15 for electing Members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs).

Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh has announced that Vijayawada will be the new capital of Andhra Pradesh.

To protect grand old trees in public places, Kerala Forest Research Institute plans to mark them with a "health-card" that will show its strength condition, risk factors and details of damage etc.

Union government plans to set up a mega handicraft cluster in Kachch, Gujarat to promote handcraft items and craft based textiles.

Uttarakhand Government has declared 9 September as Himalaya Diwas to spread the message of conservation of the Himalayan ecosystems.

Lucknow joins the elite club of metro cities to have

Madhya Pradesh tops iin the field of organic farming producing about five lakh metric ton of farm products,

about 40% of the country’s total organic produce.

The Kerala Government will provide free treatment to every cancer patient in the state under the project ‘Sukrutham’ at major government hospitals.

Kerala would become the first state in India to have high-speed internet connecting all the panchayats in

the state by March next year.

Union Govt launches Jammu Kashmir Arogya Gram Yojna to promote cultivation of scientifically tested and commercially beneficial aromatic and medicinal plants.

Metro rail service as the work started on the project on 27th September.

Railway starts conversion of the 201 km long Silchar- Lumding meter-gauge rail route in Barack valley in Assam into broad-gauge.

3rd Ladakh Marathon at Leh in J&K was held on 16 th

September. This is world’s highest/toughest marathon held at 3,524 meter (11,562 feet) altitude.

Kerala will host a Global Agro meet and an exhibition on hi-tech agriculture and food processing at Kochi on 6th and 7th of November.

   

Govt. launched National Bal Swachhta Mission as

GOVERNMENT

part of ‘Swachh Bharat Mission’ in New Delhi on Nov 15

to

improve over all cleanliness amongst school children.

INITIATIVES

Udaan programme launched to assist girl students in

preparing them for the IIT-JEE while studying in classes

 

XI

and XII.

NOVEMBER 2014

NEW SCHEMES ON NATIONAL EDUCATION DAY

National Education Day was observed on Nov 11 on the 125th birth anniversary of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, independent India’s first

Day was observed on Nov 11 on the 125th birth anniversary of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad,

Govt approves "Integrated Power Development Scheme" for strengthening of sub-transmission and distribution network of electricity in the urban areas.

India has launched the tourist visa on arrival facility enabled by electronic travel authorization for 43 countries for boosting the tourist inflow.

Govt has decided to lay an exclusive submarine cable network for Andaman & Nicobar Islands from Chennai

to

facilitate high speed internet/browsing in the islands.

Education Minister. The HRD Ministry launched new initiatives to promote the education system of the country.

Unnat Bharat Abhiyaan launched to enable higher educational institutions like IITs and NITs to work with

the people of rural India by evolving appropriate solutions for accelerating sustainable growth.

The Central Government has allocated five thousand crore rupees under AYUSH Mission for promoting traditional methods of treatment in the country.

The Delhi Transport Corporation has started a Delhi- Kathmandu bus service from Nov. 26.

‘Know Your College’ portal launched to enable students view details of courses, labs, faculty, library,

   

OCTOBER 2014

‘SHRAMEV JAYATE’ KARYAKRAM LAUNCHED

hostels available etc. of all the colleges, for selecting the right college for their higher education.

Skill Assessment Matrix for Vocational Advancement of Youth (SAMVAY) launched to facilitate students to switch between education and jobs. It will help such students to resume studies who left formal education for a job.

Prime Minister launched Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay Shramev Jayate Karyakram organised by the labour ministry on

Prime Minister launched Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay Shramev Jayate Karyakram organised by the labour ministry on October 16. The project aims at creating a conducive environment for industrial development and doing business with ease. The programme has five focus areas as under:

Every one of the six to seven lakh industrial units in the country will get a unique Labour Identification

Two scholarship schemes launched for technical education, Saksham for specially-abled needy and meritorious students and Pragati for girls pursuing technical education at college level.

GOVT TO SET UP 'SWACHH BHARAT KOSH'

The government has launched a fund that will be utilised to build toilets in schools, rural and urban areas to achieve the objective of cleanliness across the country. The Kosh will be set up by the Ministry of Finance and will be managed by a Governing Council headed by Expenditure Secretary.

‘MANAS’ LAUNCHED FOR SKILL DEVELOPMENT

Number - LIN (Shram Pehchan Sankhya) for simplifying business regulations and securing transparency and accountability in labour inspections

“Shram Suvidha" – a Unified Labour Portal launched

Union Ministry of Minorities Affairs launched the Maulana Azad National Academy for Skills (MANAS) on 125 th birth anniversary of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad to impart training to youths in health and security sector.

to

facilitate "Labour Inspection Scheme," which aims at

ending arbitrariness in the inspection mechanism. Labour inspectors will now get auto-generated lists

NEW CITIZENSHIP NORMS FOR REFUGEES

Govt has relaxed Indian citizenship norms for Hindu and Sikh refugees from Pakistan and Afghanistan. Refugees, who have entered India prior to 31 December 2009, can now apply for the Indian citizenship.

telling them where to go for inspection. It will also replace current 16 forms with one online form

Universal Account Number (UAN) for Employees' Provident Fund members that will be portable throughout the working careers of members and can be used anywhere in India.

BSNL LAUNCHES MOBILE SECURITY SERVICES

Under Apprentice Protsahan Yojana govt will reimburse 50 per cent of the stipend paid to apprentices during first two years of their training.

Revamped smart card based Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana, the government has introduced a smart card for the workers in the unorganised sector.

The BSNL has launched mobile security value added service that will allow its customers to track location of their lost mobile phones. Through this application, the user will also be able to remotely lock device, erase data in the lost mobile.

SWACHH BHARAT MISSION LAUNCHED

On October 2, Prime Minister launched the country’s biggest- ever cleanliness drive from New Delhi by actually sweeping the pavements in Valmikli Basti near Mandir Marg. The urban component of the Mission is proposed to be implemented over 5 years starting from October 2, 2014 in all 4,041 statutory towns. The total expected cost of the programme is Rs. 62,009 crore, out of which the proposed

central assistance will be of Rs. 14,623 crore. Govt has decided to merge the ‘Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan’, a campaign for rural sanitation with Swachh Bharat Mission.

SANSAD ADARSH GRAM YOJANA

Prime Minister launched Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana on 11th October, on the occasion of birth anniversary of Jai Prakash Narayan. Every one of about 800 MPs, including Prime Minister, is expected to take the responsibility of developing physical and institutional infrastructure in one village by 2016 and two more by 2019.

infrastructure in one village by 2016 and two more by 2019. Adarsh Gram aims to ensure

Adarsh Gram aims to ensure 100 per cent access to health, education, sanitation, schools, toilets, libraries and smart schools. The selected village should have a population of 3000-5000 in plain areas and 1000-3000 in hilly, tribal and difficult areas.

SWACHHTA UDYAMI YOJANA

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Corporation has launched “Swachhta Udyami Yojana -

Swachhta

assistance to Safai Karamcharis and identified manual scavengers for construction, operation and maintenance of community toilets in public private partnership (PPP) mode and for purchase of sanitation related vehicles.

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VARISHTHA PENSION BIMA YOJANA

Govt has reintroduced the Varishtha Pension Bima Yojana- a single premium pension policy for senior citizens, for a limited period of one year, from 15-08-2014 to 14-08-2015. The beneficiaries can avail pension ranging from Rs 500 to Rs 5,000 per month by depositing a lumpsum amount of Rs. 66,665 to Rs. 6,66,665 respectively.

ONLINE ATTENDANCE FOR GOVT EMPLOYEES

Government has launched an Adhaar based Biometric Attendance System (BAS) for government employees. Named attendance.gov.in, it will keep a track on the attendance records of employees.

UNIVERSAL HEALTH ASSURANCE MISSION

The government plans to roll out its ambitious Universal Health Assurance Mission (UHAM) by the end of this year, aimed at bringing all Indians under health insurance cover. The UHAM will provide 50 essential drugs with a package of diagnostics and about 30 AYUSH drugs to all citizens at govt. hospitals and health centres across the country.

NATIONAL AIR QUALITY INDEX

The government has launched a new methodology — National Air Quality Index (AQI) — to create awareness about the quality of air and its likely health impact. Using the “One Number-One Colour-One Description”, the AQI proposes six categories — good, satisfactory, moderately polluted, poor, very poor and severe, beginning from green and ending in dark red, respectively.

DIESEL PRICES DECONTROLLED

Union Cabinet has decided to completely deregulate the diesel prices and henceforth the price will be linked to the market. Petrol and diesel are now market linked and the government does not have to pay subsidy. LPG prices will be revised on half yearly basis, on April 1 and October 1, every year.

85% WARNING SPACE ON CIGARETTES PACKS

The government has made it mandatory for tobacco companies to carry health warnings covering at least 85% of the surface of cigarette packets, making India the world leader in implementing plain packaging of tobacco products as advocated by the World Health Organisation.

SUBRAMANIAN COMMITTEE ON GREEN LAWS

The Union Ministry of Environment and Forest has constituted a four-member committee under chairmanship of former cabinet secretary T S R Subramanian to review the laws related to protection of environment including the Indian Forest Act, 1927 and suggest amendments that could make them more effective.

FIRST MENTAL HEALTH POLICY LAUNCHED

The Union Health Ministry launched the country’s first ever Mental Health Policy to provide access to good quality treatment to mentally ill people with the focus on those living in poverty.

INDIA’S 1ST OFFSHORE WIND POWER PROJECT

Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 1 st October 2014 for setting up a Joint Venture Company to undertake the first-ever Offshore Wind Power Project in India along Gujarat coast.

Govt plans to start “Sardar Patel Urban Housing Mission” to ensure housing for all by 2022 and a ‘slum

free India’.

Union Government has decided to sell LED bulbs to households at 10 rupees against the market price of 400 rupees.

From November, 2014 all replies given under RTI by ministries will be posted online, available for access to all and not just to persons seeking the information.

Central govt has advised all states, union territories and Central Armed Police Forces to recruit 33 per cent women in their ranks.

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review

Vishwanathan

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Bankruptcy laws.

SEPTEMBER 2014

‘MAKE IN INDIA’ CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED

Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a strong pitch for making India a manufacturing destination at the launch of his ambitious “Make in India” campaign in the presence of some 3000 business leaders from around the world gathered at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi. The key elements of the project are as under:

25 Thrust Sectors: Government has identified 25 sectors where India can become world leader. These include automobiles, chemicals, IT, pharma, textiles, ports, aviation, leather, tourism and hospitality and railways.

Single Point Interaction For Investors: Invest India will be first reference point to guide foreign investors. It will provide help on regulatory and policy issues and assist in obtaining regulatory clearances

www.makeinindia.com: Visitors registered on the website or raising queries will be followed up with relevant information and a newsletter Global Launch Make in India will be launched at national and state levels and missions abroad will take it forward

Who And Where: The portal will track visitors for their geographical location, interest and real time user behaviour. Subsequent visits will be customised for the visitor based on this information.

Domestic Focus: Government will identify select domestic companies having leadership in innovation and new technology. The idea is to turn these into global champions to promote green and advanced manufacturing and help them to integrate into global value chain Regulatory Regime Overhaul: Review of all regulatory processes to make them simple and reduce complications. Proactive Approach: Investor facilitation cell to assist foreign investors from the time of their arrival in the country to the time of their departure. All Stakeholders on Board: State governments, business chambers, prominent corporates and foreign companies will be made part of the project.

DEEN DAYAL ANTYODAYA YOJANA

To impart skills to rural and urban poor, the Government has launched Deen Dayal Antyodaya Yojana, which would work towards empowering the population through enhancement of livelihood opportunities. Rs. 1,000 crore has been allocated for this purpose during 2014-15, out of which Rs. 500 crore will be spent on skill development of over five lac urban poor. Further, September 25 will be celebrated as Antyodaya Diwas every year to mark the birth anniversary of Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya.

SKILL DEVELOPMENT OF RURAL YOUTH

The Aajeevika Skills Development Programme has been renamed as “Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana” with reeduction in the minimum entry age to 15 years from 18 years. Besides, skills imparted under the programme will now be benchmarked against international standards by roping in private players so that rural youths are provided with certificates recognised overseas. The programme aims to train 10 lakh rural youths by the end of the 12th five year plan (2012-17).

TARGET SET FOR CONSTRUCTION OF ROADS

Government has set a target of constructing 30-kilometre roads per day. Further, CCTVs are being introduced at all toll plazas during the current year and all road toll points would be connected with e-governance system. Govt also plans to start cashless treatment of road accident victims during critical golden hour.

HEAVY FINES FOR TRAFFIC OFFENCES

The new Road Safety and Transport Bill, 2014 proposes a steep hike in penalties for traffic violations, up to Rs 3 lakh along with a minimum 7 – years imprisonment for death of a child in certain circumstances. It also proposes a fine of Rs 5 lakh per vehicle as well as imprisonment for faulty manufacturing design, besides cancellation of licences for rash and negligent driving.

COUNTRY’S FIRST ‘CBDR’ IN SPITI, HP

The Union Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change has sanctioned Rs 5.12 crore for the country’s first 'Cold Desert Biosphere Reserve' (CDBR) in the Spiti region of the tribal Lahaul and Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh. The project aims at conserving medicinal plants, rare wildlife species and natural water bodies found in the cold desert.

RVCs PLANNED FOR TAMING INFLATION

Govt has launched the Reefer Vehicle Call-in-Centre (RVC) for smooth transportation of perishable goods. The RVC will identify bottlenecks faced in transportation of goods on the national highways and find ways to overcome them so as to control inflation in prices of perishable goods. RVC is a joint initiative of the Department of Agriculture and Cooperation, National Centre for Cold-chain Development and Mahindra Logistics.

ANTI T B SURVEY LAUNCHED

The first anti-Tuberculosis Drug Resistance Survey of India for the year 2014-15 was launched on September 6 supported by the World Health Organization (WHO). The survey aims to improve our preparedness to fight T B, particularly the Multi-drug-resistant TB (MDR-TB).

DEVRAJ COMMITTEE ON UNIVERSITIES

A high-powered committee headed by H Devraj, set up at the behest of the Supreme Court to look into the working of 'C' category deemed universities has found that out of 41 such universities hardly 10 fulfill the criteria needed to become deemed university. Rest of them may be allowed to exist as educational institutions affiliated to universities.

All India Radio has started free SMS service to provide news in Hindi, Marathi, Sanskrit, Dogri and Nepali.

A National Sports University will be set up in Manipur to promote excellence in sports studies.

Textiles Ministry has approved setting up of 13 textile parks entailing investment of at least 100 crore rupees in each park.

India Newborn Action Plan launched in New Delhi to achieve the single digit neonatal mortality and stillbirth rate by 2030.

The Supreme Court has directed Central Government to ensure 3 percent quota for disabled persons in all government jobs, including IAS and promotions.

ECONOMIC

INDICATORS

NOVEMBER 2014

NCAER LOWERS GDP GROWTH RATE TO 5 %

Country’s economic think-tank-The National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER) has lowered India's GDP growth forecast to 5 per cent in 2014-15 on weak economical fundamentals and uncertainties in growth prospects. In its earlier projection it had suggested a growth rate of 5.7 per cent in 2014-15.

OECD PUTS GROWTH RATE @ 5.4%

Paris-based think tank Organisation for Economic Co- operation and Development, OECD has projected 5.4 percent growth for the Indian economy this year as global recovery continues at a moderate pace.

INDIA MAY GROW BY 5.6% - FITCH

According to international rating agency Fitch, India's economic growth is expected to pick up to 5.6 per cent in the current fiscal on account of structural reforms being rolled-out by the government.

TRADE DEFICIT JUMPS TO $13.36 BILLION

Exports took a beating in October slipping down to $26.09 billion after a fall of 5.04%. However due to a jump in gold imports, trade deficit increased to $13.36 billion as imports reached a level of $39.45 billion.

IIP MOVES UP BY 2.5%

Showing signs of recovery, industrial production as measured by the Index of Industrial Production (IIP), grew at three-month high of 2.5% in September, mainly on account of better mining and manufacturing output and larger offtake of capital goods.

CORE SECTOR SLIPS BELOW 2%

The growth of the eight core industries in September plummeted to 1.9%, the slowest pace in eight months, against 9% in the same month last year, due to a fall in output of crude oil, natural gas, refinery products and fertilizers.

OCTOBER 2014

INDIA MAY GROW BY 5.6 % - WORLD BANK

A World Bank report says that India’s GDP is likely to expand by 5.6 per cent this fiscal as reforms gain momentum. It says that the growth is expected to accelerate as proposed measures such as GST are likely to give a boost to manufacturing sector.

SEPTEMBER 2014

S&P UPGRADES INDIA’s RATING TO ‘STABLE’

Standard & Poor’s (S&P) has raised the outlook on India’s sovereign rating from negative to stable and said the new government has the willingness and capacity to deliver on reforms and restore high growth. The agency said that there has been a considerable improvement in sentiment and macro indicators with the new government taking over.

ADB UPS INDIA’S GROWTH RATE TO 6.3%

Asian Development Bank has revised India's GDP growth upwards by 0.3 per cent to 6.3 per cent for 2015, saying that the India’s economy shows a new promise of turnaround after elections brought a stable govt. in May.

PPI TO TRACK INFLATION IN SERVICES

The government has set up a committee headed by Prof. B N Goldar to develop a new inflation index - the Producer Price Index which may replace the Wholesale Price Index. The most important part of PPI will be inclusion of services, as currently there is no index tracking inflation in this sector that contributes about 55% to India's GDP.

ECONOMY

NOVEMBER 2014

KISAN VIKAS PATRA RE-LAUNCHED

The Government re-launched Kisan Vikas Patra scheme on Nov 18 to encourage the habit of small savings among the citizens. The KVPs will be available in denominations of Rs. 1000, 5000, 10,000 and 50,000 with no upper limit for investment and the invested amount will become double in 100 months.

MSP FOR RABI CROPS FOR 2014-15 SEASON

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FDI NORMS RELAXED FOR CONSTRUCTION SECTOR

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The Union Government has decided on 29 th October, to relax FDI norms in the construction sector, allowing 100 per cent of foreign funds in building projects.

The minimum floor area requirement has been reduced to 20,000 sq mts from the earlier 50,000 sq mts

The minimum capital requirement has been cut down to $5 million from earlier $10 million.

BSE MARKET CAP HITS 100 TRILLION MARK

The market capitaliastion of all listed companies on the Bombay Stock Exchange, Asia's oldest stock exchange, hit a record Rs 100 trillion (lakh crore) mark on Nov 28.

This is good news for investors because the doubling of market cap in five years has also led to doubling of investors' wealth during the period.

NEW SEBI NORMS ON ‘INSIDER TRAINING’

SEBI has approved new insider trading rules to replace the two-decade old law seen as inadequate to curb trading violations. The term “insider” will now include persons

connected on the basis of being in any contractual, fiduciary

or

employment relationship that allows such people access

to

unpublished price sensitive information (UPSI).

SHELL INDIA WINS 18,000 CRORE TAX CASE

The Bombay High Court quashed the IT department’s Rs 18,000-crore rupees tax order against oil major Shell India.

Shell India had issued 870 million shares to its parent company Shell Gas BV, Netherlands in March 2009 at Rs 10 per share. However, the Income Tax department contended that the shares were grossly undervalued and it valued them at Rs 180 per share. The difference was added to the income of the company.

BIS MARK FOR 15 ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS

To curb the inflow of sub-standard items in the country, the government has come out with a notification which lays down the mandatory standards (BIS marks) for 15 electronic products, including mobile phones, power banks and LED lamps.

TIEA SIGNED WITH St. KITTS & NEVIS

To help in its efforts to crack down on suspected black money stashed abroad, India signed Tax Information Exchange Agreement – TIEA with Saint Kitts & Nevis, a two- island Carribean country, perceived as a safe haven for offshore funds.

Exporters and SEZ units asked to realise and repatriate overseas sales proceeds in nine months, as against 12- month earlier, from the date of shipment.

Suzlon Energy installed the world’s tallest 120 meters high hybrid wind generator turbine in Asia’s biggest wind energy park in Kutch, Gujarat.

India signs a USD 200 million loan agreement with the World Bank to finance the setting up of technology centres to help MSMEs enhance their productivity.

Asian Development Bank (ADB) will provide $350- million loan assistance for upgradation of district roads in Madhya Pradesh.

OCTOBER 2014

INDIA TO BECOME $2 TRILLION ECONOMY

According to IMF's latest World Economic Outlook report, India is poised to become a USD two trillion economy this year and may cross $ three trillion by 2019. United States would remain the world's largest economy with a size of USD 17.42 trillion, followed by China at USD 10.35 trillion.

BIG OIL FIND NEAR AHMADABAD

A significant crude oil discovery has been made in the

Kharenti-A well near Ahmadabad in the Cambay basin by a

private oil company, making it the biggest find this year. Cambay basin extends from Surat in the south to Sanchor

in the north, covering an area of about 59,000 sq km with a

hydrocarbon resource of more than 15 billion barrels.

INDIA ZOOMS ON E-COMMERCE

According to research firm Gartner, India is emerging as the fastest-growing e-commerce market in the world with the revenue expected to reach $6 billion in 2015, a 70% increase over 2014 revenue of $3.5 billion.

REAL ESTATE GIANT DLF BARRED FOR 3 YEARS

Stock market regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has barred India's largest real estate company DLF and its top officials, including chairman KP Singh, from accessing or dealing in stock markets for three years. The company and six of its top officials were found guilty of suppressing material information in its offer document at the time of its public issue in 2007.

FUTURE GROUP JOINS HANDS WITH AMAZON

World's largest online retailer Amazon.com and India's largest listed retailer Future Group, promoters of ‘Big Bazaar’ retail chain, have signed a deal to jointly sell goods over the Internet amid growing friction between online and offline retailers over heavy discounting. Amazon plans to invest $ 2 billion in India.

Delhi Metro has been ranked second among 18 international Metro systems in terms of overall customer satisfaction in an online customer survey.

Maruti Suzuki launched ‘Ciaz’ - its first sedan car in past 7 years, to meet competition from Honda City and Hyundai Verna.

Government has decided to import potatoes for the first time to augment domestic availability and to check its rising prices.

Country’s first olive oil refinery has been started in Lunkaransar area of Bikaner, Rajasthan. The project was started by taking assistance from Israel.

IndiGo, India’s largest domestic airline by market share, has signed a deal to buy 250 latest Airbus A-320 neo aircrafts worth $26 billion or Rs 1.55 lakh crore.

India has imposed anti-dumping duty on Phenol imported from the U.S. and China’s Taipei to safeguard the interest of domestic manufacturers.

Taipei to safeguard the interest of domestic manufacturers. SEPTEMBER 2014 214 COAL BLOCKS ALLOCATION CANCELLED In

SEPTEMBER 2014

214 COAL BLOCKS ALLOCATION CANCELLED

In a landmark judgment, the Supreme Court on 24th September cancelled 214 coal block allocations made since 1993, except four blocks — one belonging to NTPC and SAIL each and two allocated to Sasan ultra mega power projects. The Court granted six months breathing time to mining companies to wind up their operations in the coal blocks.

The allocation of coal block licenses has been the subject of a CBI investigation that is being monitored by the Supreme Court. It became a major political issue when CAG Vinod Rai in his 2012 report stated that around Rs. 1.83 lakh crore has been lost because coal blocks were not auctioned openly.

GOVT PLANS 45,000 CRORE DISINVESTMENT

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has approved the sale of stakes in Coal India Limited (CIL), Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) and National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC). The Finance Ministry proposes to sell 10, 5 and 11.36 per cent holding in CIL, ONGC and NHPC respectively. Govt expects to mop up around Rs. 45,000 crore through this sale.

MNREGA TO FOCUS ON DRAUGHT RELIEF

With a view to mitigating drought and drought-like situation in many parts of the country, govt has directed that 50 per cent of all the works taken up at the district level under MNREGA scheme should only be for water conservation.

NETHERLAND TO HELP INDIA IN AGRICULTURE

water conservation. NETHERLAND TO HELP INDIA IN AGRICULTURE The Netherlands is working with India to set

The Netherlands is working with India to set up 10 centres of excellence across the country with an aim to raise agriculture output and introduce modern farm technologies and techniques. Three such centres are already working in Kerala, Maharashtra, and Punjab.

MUKESH IS THE RICHEST – 8 th TIME

Reliance Industries Chairman, Mukesh Ambani has topped the Forbes list of billionaires in India for the eighth consecutive year with a net worth of $23.6 billion, followed by Dilip Shanghvi of Sun Pharma at $18 billion.

100 BILLIONAIRES IN INDIA

According to the Wealth-X and UBS Billionaire Census 2014, India ranks sixth in terms of number of billionaires, having 100 such people, collectively having $175 billion in networth, while globally the number of uber-rich has reached a record high of 2,325 persons.

The ADB to give $63.3 million loan to improve urban municipal services in Karnataka and $150 million for development of renewable energy in Rajasthan.

India's foodgrain production is projected to drop by 7 per cent to about 120 million tonnes this year due to poor monsoon.

Union government has decided to close down India’s sole and oldest (1961) public sector watch company - HMT Watches in a phased manner.

India has signed the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) in services and investments with 10 ASEAN countries. ASEAN: Association of South East Asian Nations

ADB to give $150 million loan to help build transmission lines for renewable energy development in Rajasthan.

BANKING & FINANCE

NOVEMBER 2014

GUIDELINES FOR PAYMENT/ SMALL BANKS The Reserve Bank on Nov 27 released the guidelines for ‘payment banks’ and ‘small banks’.

Payments banks can receive deposits and remittances, but cannot lend; focusing on migrant labour and low income households.

Small banks will lend to “unserved and under-served sections”, including small business units, small and marginal farmers, and micro and small industries.

PAYMENTS BANKS

SMALL FINANCE BANKS

 

OBJECTIVE

Provide small savings accounts and payments / remittance services to migrant labour workforce and low-income households

Financial inclusion and supply of credit to small business units and farmers through high-technology and low-cost operations

 

ELIGIBLE PROMOTERS

Individuals or professionals with necessary experience and eligibility, existing NBFCs, corporate banking correspondents, mobile companies, supermarket chains, real estate co-ops and corporate entities

Resident individuals or professionals with 10 years of experience in banking and finance, companies and societies owned and controlled by residents, existing NBFSc, microfinance institutions and local area banks owned and controlled by residents

 

SCOPE OF ACTIVITIES

Accept

deposits but

Basic services of accepting deposits and lending

customer balance should not exceed Rs. 1 lakh

Cannot give loans, Can issue ATM/debit card but no credit cards

No restriction on the area of operations

Can distribute non-risk simple financial products such as mutual funds and insurance products

At least 50% of its loan portfolio should constitute loans and advances of up to Rs. 25 lakh

NRIs will not be allowed to open accounts

Capital Requirement and Promoter’s contribution

Minimum paid-up equity capital of Rs. 100 crore / initially 40%; to be gradually brought down to 26% within 12 years from date of commencement

10 CR ACCOUNTS UNDER PMJDY BY 26-01-15 Govt has revised the target for opening of accounts under Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana, PMJDY, to 10 crore accounts by 26th January, 2015. The earlier target was pegged at 7.5 crore accounts.

 

NEW RULES FOR MINIMUM BALANCE

BANKS ASKED TO FINANCE JLGs

The Reserve Bank of India has asked banks to inform their customers about fall in the minimum balance well in advance, and said that penal charges should be levied only to the extent of shortfall in such balances by way of a percentage of the shortfall. The guidelines will come into effect from April 1 st , 2015.

ING VYSYA MERGES WITH KOTAK MAHINDRA

RBI has asked banks to give liberal loans to landless farmers to meet the govt’s target of financing five lakh Joint Liability Groups- JLGs in 2014-15. The banks would also have to provide regular progress reports to NABARD in this regard.

The foreign investment promotion board (FIPB) has allowed HDFC Bank to increase foreign investment in the bank to 74 per cent.

 Country's oldest and largest foreign bank, Standard Chartered Bank, opened its 100th branch in

Country's oldest and largest foreign bank, Standard Chartered Bank, opened its 100th branch in Nakatia, Bareily (UP)

Bank deposits grew by 12.3% to Rs 81.14 trillion in the quarter ending Sep 30, and the credit grew at 9.4% to Rs 61.57 trillion during the same period.

OCTOBER 2014

KYC COMPLIANCE ‘MUST’ FOR ALL ACCOUNTS

 

In an all stock amalgamation, ING Vysya Bank decided to merge itself with Kotak Mahindra Bank, creating the fourth largest private sector bank in the country. After the merger, all Vysya Bank branches and employees will become Kotak branches and employees.

The RBI has made it mandatory for all bank customers, including low risk ones, to be KYC-compliant. Credits would be allowed in such accounts, but debits won't be allowed if the customers are not KYC compliant.

However, the account-holder will have the option to close the account and withdraw the money.

NEW NOF NORMS FOR NBFCs

To facilitate compliance of KYC norms, banks have been asked to allow self-certification of documents and accept a certified copy of the document even by mail/post for account opening.

KYC norms were introduced in 2001, after the 9/11 attacks in New York, America.

RBI has notified new norms for NBFCs that manage funds worth Rs 500 crore and accept public deposits. The net own funds – NOF requirements for NBFCs has been raised from Rs.25 lakh at present to Rs.1 crore by March, 2016, and to further to Rs.2 crore by 2017.

KERALA & GOA ACHIEVE PMJDY TARGETS

TWO MORE TRANSACTIONS FOR METRO ATMs

Kerala and Goa have become the first states in the country to have bank accounts for all households in the state under Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojna (PMJDY). Further, the Union Territories of Chandigarh, Puducherry and Lakshadweep have also aceived the target.

The Reserve Bank has said that the number of free transactions in a month at non-home ATMs would remain three in six identified metros but customers of these centres can use their card without cost two more times in non- metro centres.

SMS ALERTS FOR CHEQUE TRANSACTIONS

SBI LAUNCHES ONLINE PASSBOOK APP

RBI has made it mandatory for banks to send SMS alerts to both payer and drawer in cheque transactions as soon as the cheque is received for clearing. This has been done to curb the cheque-related fraud cases.

State Bank of India has launched a facility called ‘mPassBook’ on its ‘State Bank Anywhere’ mobile application, for its retail banking users. It is an electronic application of a physical passbook for savings bank and current accounts. The facility empowers users to view their transaction history on their smart phone and maintain an entire year’s historical data on it.

INSTANT BANK PAYMENTS FOR FB USERS

SEBI ALLOWS SHARIA FUNDS

The SEBI has allowed the State Bank of India and three mutual funds to launch Sharia funds. Sharia-compliant funds invest in companies that follow Islamic rules.

 

Charging and receiving interest is considered usury and is not allowed under Islamic law known as Sharia. India's stock exchanges have between 600 and 700 companies that are Sharia-compliant.

Kotak Mahindra Bank has launched an instant bank payment product – KayPay for Facebook users to send money to each other in an instant. The system will enable over 25 crore Indian bank account holders to transfer funds to each other instantly by just choosing recipients from their Facebook friends list.

 

RBI BANS FOREIGN FUNDING

Federal Bank has won the IDRBT Banking Technology Excellence award for 2013-14 in four out of total five

categories in the mid-sized lenders segment.

Reserve Bank has banned domestic firms from raising foreign funds above the permitted levels and from extending guarantees for them to meet domestic funding needs. Violators will face penal action under the Foreign Exchange Management Act -FEMA.

The Reserve Bank has signed a pact with Central Bank of Kenya for exchange of information and supervisory cooperation.

SEPTEMBER 2014

KINGFISHER DECLARED ‘WILFUL DEFAULTER’

The public sector United Bank of India (UBI) has slapped wilful defaulter notice on Kingfisher Airline, its promoter Vijay Mallya and its directors. Kingfisher Airlines had taken a loan of Rs 350 crore from the bank. The Airlines owes around Rs.7,500 crore to a consortium of 17 banks led by the State Bank of India.

BENEFITS UNDER ‘PMJDY’ ARE FOR ALL

Government has decided that benefits under Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY) would be extended to existing bank account holders provided they apply for it. The idea of universal bank accounts was originally proposed by Nachiket Mor committee formed by the RBI to improve financial inclusion. Universal financial access aims to improve financial savings, reduce leakages through direct benefit transfer and bring down use of cash.

RBI CLARIFIES ON INOPERATIVE ACCOUNTS

The Reserve Bank has said that the savings bank accounts in which even if dividend cheque has been credited in it in the previous two years, the account may not be treated as inoperative. A bank account becomes inoperative or dormant if no credit or debit transaction has been conducted for a period of two years or more.

SBI, ICICI TOP IN MOBILE TRANSACTIONS

State Bank of India accounted for half of the total number of banking transactions done through mobile phone in June, 2014, while ICICI Bank became the first bank to surpass the Rs 1,000-crore mark in terms of amount of transactions done through mobile phones.

AXIS BANK/ICICI BANK TO COLLECT TOLL TAX

NHAI-promoted Indian Highways Management Company Limited (IHMCL) has inked a pact with Axis Bank and ICICI Bank for services related to electronic toll collection. Considering the complexities and geographical spread, the nationwide electronic toll collection (ETC) would be first of its kind in the whole world.

COMMITTEE ON CAPACITY BUILDING

RBI formed G Gopalakrishna Committee to give recommendations on capacity building in banks and nonbanks, streamlining training intervention and suggesting changes thereto in view of ever increasing challenges in banking and non-banking sectors. RBI released committee’s recommendations on 23rd September for inviting suggestions from the stakeholders.

SBI STARTS ACCOUNTS FOR MINORS

State Bank of India has introduced personalised savings accounts for anyone below 18-year age. Account named 'Pehli Udaan' is a singly operated savings bank account for a minor aged 10 years and above and who can sign uniformly, while account 'Pehla Kadam is a savings bank account for minor of any age operated jointly with his/her parent or guardian.

CARDLESS WITHDRAWAL FROM ICICI BANK

ICICI Bank has introduced a Cardless Cash Withdrawal facility which allows customers to transfer money from their account to anyone in India with a mobile number. The recipient, even if he does not have a bank account, can withdraw money round the clock without using a debit card from over 10,000 ATMs of ICICI Bank.

RBI NOT TO PRINT RUPEE ONE NOTE

The Law Ministry has clarified that the Government of India has all the powers to print rupee one currency notes under the Coinage Act, 2011and the Reserve Bank has the authority to issue bank notes of denominational values of Rs 2, Rs 5, Rs 10, Rs 20, Rs 50, Rs 100, Rs 500, Rs 1,000, Rs 5,000 and Rs 10,000. The Govt. of India also has the sole right to mint coins of denominations up to Rs. 1000.

H R KHAN COMMITTEE

The government has set-up a Committee headed by the Deputy Governor H R Khan of Reserve Bank of India to take stock of unclaimed deposits in the Public Provident Fund (PPF) and post office saving schemes and suggest how these funds can be utilised for the benefit of senior citizens

BANKS TO FIX TIMELINE FOR LOANS

RBI has said that Banks should clearly delineate the procedure for disposal of loan proposals, with appropriate timelines, and institute a suitable monitoring mechanism for reviewing applications pending beyond the specified period.

NABARD PUTS COOP BANKS ON CBS

A total of 201 state and district level Central Cooperative Banks with 6914 branches from 16 states and three union territories of the country have joined the 'NABARD initiated Project on Core Banking Solutions in Co-operative Banks.

RBI has advised that if a company fails to repay its bank dues, its other group units may also be termed wilful defaulters.

RBI has fixed 70 years as the upper age limit for Managing Directors and Chief Executive Officers and other whole-time director of banks in the private sector.

Export-Import Bank of China and China Development Bank Corp.signed MoU with SBI, ICICI Bank and Axis Bank to facilitate trade between the two countries.

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DEFENCE, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

NOVEMBER 2014

PRITHVI-II / DHANUSH TESTED UCCESSFULLY

The Strategic Forces Command of the Army test-fired the Prithvi-II missile on 14 th Nov from the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur, Odisha. Naval version of this missile – Dhanush was also tested. Having a range of 350 kms, this was the first missile developed by the DRDO, inducted in Indian army in 2003.

ISRAEL TESTS LR-SAM FOR INDIA

The long-range surface-to-air missile (LR-SAM) system with

a range of 70 kms, being developed jointly by DRDO and

Israeli Aerospace Industries (IAI), was tested successfully for the first time in Israel on 10 th Nov. It is capable of tracking and destroying incoming hostile aircrafts, drones and missiles.

ARMY WINS ‘CAMBRIAN PATROL’ IN UK

The Indian Army’s team of eight Garhwalis won the rigorous endurance competition – Cambrain Patrol held in Wales, UK. It was forty-eight hours without rest patrol across marshy lands, swamps and rivers in biting cold, conducted from October 23-25 where 119 international teams participated.

DRDO successfully test-fired on Nov 9 its nuclear capable ballistic missile – Agni-II having a strike range of 2,000 km and beyond.

Tejas (PV-6): India’s first indigenous Light Combat Aircraft’s two-seater trainer jet version made its maiden flight on Nov 8.

Indian Air force tested its medium range surface-to-air anti-aircraft missile Akash with a strike range of 25 km.

In a freak accident, a Torpedo Recovery Vessel of Indian Navy sunk off the Visakhapatnam coast during a naval exercise due to a probable split in its base.

Mithra Shakthi: Three week Joint military exercise between Indian and Sri Lankan military forces in Sri Lanka in Nov 2014

Hand in Hand 2014: 4 th Joint anti terrorism military exercise by Indian and Chinese forces held in Pune at Aundh Military Station from Nov – 17.

FIRST EVER MAN MADE LANDING ON COMET

Rosetta – the spacecraft of European Space Agency secured

a place in history on 12 th Nov when it succeeded in landing its mechanical device called the Philae probe on a comet named- 67P / Churyumov-Gerasimenko, some 500 million kms away from Earth.

Comets hold vital clues about the original materials that went into building the solar system more than 4.5 billion years ago. If the mission is successful, it will provide an opportunity to sample and study a comet directly.

ALTERNATIVE TO ANTIBIOTIC DEVELOPED

Scientists for the first time have developed antibiotic-free drug named Staphefekt as an alternative to antibiotics to fight against the antibiotics-resistant superbugs such as MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus).

India’s Mars mission Mangalyaan, developed by ISRO, has been listed among the 25 best innovations of 2014 by the Time magazine.

A study by the Internet & Mobile Association of India shows that Mumbai has the largest number -(16.4 million, of internet users in India, followed by Delhi.

OCTOBER 2014

‘NIRBHAY’ TEST FIRED SUCCESSFULLY

India successfully test-fired its nuclear-capable cruise missile 'Nirbhay' from the Integrated Test Range in Chandipur, Odisha. Developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Nirbhay (fearless in Hindi) is very manoeuvrable and can fly at tree-top level, making it difficult to detect on radar, and can strike targets more than 700 km away.

Unlike other ballistic missiles like the Agni, Nirbhay has a wing and pronounced tail fins. It launches like a missile and in early flight the small wings get deployed. It then flies like an aircraft and can even hover near the target, striking at will from any direction.

GOVT CLEARS 80,000 CRORE FOR DEFENCE

The Defence Acquisition Council has cleared military

equipment purchase proposals worth Rs 80,000 crore that include purchase of over 8,000 Israeli anti-tank missiles, 362 infantry carrying vehicles, 12 upgraded Dornier surveillance aircraft and two midget subs for special operations. The Council also gave green signal for construction of six submarines indigenously.

India and China to set up hotlines between their army headquarters and establish new border meeting posts to amicably address incidents of incursions on border.

China has test fired a new variant of its 10,000 km range missile - Dongfeng-31B, capable of targeting Europe and the West Coast of the United States.

IRNSS 1C LAUNCHED SUCCESSFULLY

Scripting another success in India's space programme, ISRO launched its third navigation satellite IRNSS 1C on board its PSLV-C26 rocket from Sriharikota on October 16. IRNSS 1C is a part of the series of seven satellites that ISRO plans to launch to put in place the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System- IRNSS – our own navigation system on par with the GPS of the US.

URANUS LIKE PLANET DISCOVERED

Astronomers have spotted a turbulent planet, 25,000 lightyears away, that is four times as massive as Uranus. The exo-planet is part of a double-star (binary) system known as OGLE-2008-BLG-092L, near the constellation Sagittarius.

SEPTEMBER 2014

JOINT ARMY EXERCISE HELD WITH US ARMY

A joint 14 days military exercise between the armed forces of America and India was held at Ranikhet in Almora district of Uttrakhand. The exercise included 250 personnel of the US army and a similar strength of a Mountain Brigade of the Indian Army.

INS SUMITRA JOINS INDIAN NAVY

The new generation Naval Offshore Patrol Vessel (NOPV), INS Sumitra, built by Goa Shipyard Limited for the Indian Navy, was formally commissioned by Chief of Naval Staff on 4th September 2014 at Chennai.

Pakistan conducted a successful test of its surface to surface missile Hatf IX (NASR), having a range of 60 kilometers

Iran unveiled a new surface-to-air missile - Talash-3 (“Endeavor-3”), claimed to be capable to shoot down hostile target at high altitude.

INDIA CONQUERS MARS IN FIRST ATTEMPT

India scripted history on September 24, early in the morning when it became the first country to place its Mars Orbiter Spacecraft (MOS) in the orbit in very first attempt.

Scientists have warned that millions of lives could be at risk because of the threat to food crops posed by conflict in the Middle East.

Researchers at Drexel University in the US have claimed to have discovered in Argentina remains of an enormous Dinosaur weighing nearly 60 tons.

China launched two satellites - Yaogan-21 and Tiantuo- 1 to relay information on natural resources, disaster management and smart satellite experiments.

DRDO successfully test-fired Agni-I - nuclear-capable surface-to-surface missile with a striking range of 700 to 1250 km.

INTERNATIONAL

NOVEMBER 2014

WTO APPROVES TFA AND INDIA’s STAND Ending months-long deadlock, the WTO has approved a trade facilitation agreement (TFA) while agreeing to India's demand for continuing the peace clause till a permanent solution is found to the food stockpiling issue, crucial for continuing food security scheme. The decision was taken at Geneva meet of WTO's General Council on Nov 27. WTO also accepted India's demand for extending the peace clause till a permanent solution is found for its food stockpiling issue.

Under the peace clause, a WTO member gets immunity against penalty for breaching the food subsidy cap. As per the WTO norms, a developing nation can provide food subsidy of upto 10 percent of the total farm output.

WORLD BANK REPORT ON GLOBAL WARMING

the total farm output. WORLD BANK REPORT ON GLOBAL WARMING The World Bank on 23 November

The World Bank on 23 November 2014 released a report on the impact of global warming titled “Turn Down the Heat:

Confronting the New Climate Normal.” The report focuses on the specific regional impacts of warming.

WORLD LONGEST TRAIN JOURNEY

An 82-wagon cargo train started on Nov 25 from the Chinese city of Yiwu for Madrid, Spain on the world’s longest rail journey, covering 10,000 kms, following the ancient Silk Route. It will cover five other countries — Russia, Belarus, Poland, Germany and France — before completing its mammoth 21-day journey in the Spanish capital.

UN RESOLUTION ON CHILD MARRIAGES

The United Nations has adopted the first-ever resolution calling on governments to stop child marriages. About 15 million girls worldwide become child brides each year and more than 700 mn women are married before the age–18.

IMMIGRATION REFORMS IN USA

In a landmark decision that could benefit around 2.5 lakh Indians seeking the Green Card, US President has announced sweeping immigration reforms that will save almost five million illegal immigrants from deportation, particularly those who hold H-1B visa.

OVER $9 BN PLEDGED FOR CLIMATE FUND

Thirty nations met on 20 th Nov in Berlin has pledged $9.3 billion for a fund to help developing countries cut emissions and prepare for climate change to avoid global warming. The South Korea-based Green Climate Fund (GCF) aims to help developing nations invest in clean energy and green technology and build up defences against rising seas and worsening storms, floods and droughts.

UN WORLD TOILET DAY – NOV 19

The United Nations has dedicated November 19th for promoting World Toilet Day to bring into limelight the plight of all those people who do not have access to a toilet - despite this being their basic right. The theme for this year's UN World Toilet Day is "Equality, Dignity and the Link Between Gender-Based Violence and Sanitation".

G20 TO ACT ON TAX THEFT /CLIMATE CHANGE

Leaders from the G20 group of nations resolved to boost flagging global growth, tackle climate change and crack down on tax avoidance. The group leaders promised to modernise global tax rules and begin automatic exchange of tax information by 2018-end. USA committed $3 billion to the Green Climate Fund. Japan also pledged $1.5 Billion for the same.

Turkey will host 2015 G20 summit and the 2016 summit will be hosted by China.

US AGREES TO INDIAN FOOD STOCKING

India has reached an agreement with the United States on public stockpiling of food in terms of Bali Package, paving the way for the implementation of a global Trade Facilitation Agreement that has been stalled for months.

India had asked WTO to amend the norms for calculating agri subsidies so that the country could continue to procure foodgrains from farmers at minimum support price and sell them to poor at cheaper rates without violating the WTO norms.

CHINA USA AGREE TO CUT EMISSIONS

violating the WTO norms. CHINA USA AGREE TO CUT EMISSIONS China and the United States have

China and the United States have agreed on a timetable to limit emission of greenhouse gases — ending a 20-year discord between them on how to combat climate change. The U.S. agreed to reduce by 2025 its emission of greenhouse gases by 26 per cent to 28 per cent below its 2005 level. China agreed to raise the share of non-fossil fuels to 20 per cent by 2030. The two countries are the largest producers of CO2 gasses in the world.

IMF DECLARES CHINA AS NO 1 ECONOMY

As per recent reports from IMF, in October 2014, China overtook the US to become the world’s largest economy in terms of Purchasing Power Parity (PPP). China’s GDP stood at $ 17.6 trillion, 16.48 percent of the World GDP, followed by USA at $ 17.4 trillion. India stood at the third place with $ 7.3 trillion size.

‘VAPE’ IS THE WORD OF 2014 'Vape' - the act of smoking from an electronic cigarette - has been chosen by Oxford Dictionaries as its international word of the year for 2014 after use of the term more than doubled over the last year.

Thousands of Greeks took to the streets of Athens to hold a nationwide strike to protest against the government’s austerity drive involving job cuts.

Japan's economy shrank for the second consecutive quarter, marking a technical recession in the world's third largest economy.

Sweden has become the first European Union (EU) country to officially recognise the State of Palestine.

WHO released first ever ‘Guidelines for Indoor Air Quality - Household Fuel Combustion’ to promote use of clean fuels at household level.

22 nd Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit was held in Beijing, China from 9 th November 2014 to 11 th November 2014.

Czech Republic celebrated the 25 th anniversary of the launch of the Velvet Revolution that toppled communism and led to dawn of democracy in 1989.

General council meeting of WTO held at GENEVA on 27 th November, 2014

International Buddhist Conference held in Lumbini, Nepal, Nov 15-16.

OCTOBER 2014

PRO-DEMOCRACY PROTESTS IN HONG KONG

Hong Kong, an otherwise peaceful territory, witnessed widespread clashes between pro-democracy activists and counter-protesters (pro-Beijing) who have violently tried to drive the mainly young, student-led demonstrators from the occupied streets.

The movement has been named as “occupy central” and also given the name ‘umbrella revolution’ due to extensive use of umbrellas by the demonstrators. The protesters are seeking guarantees that Hong Kong citizens can freely vote for their leaders in 2017 from an unrestricted list of candidates, as Beijing promised when Britain handed over the territory in 1997.

EBOLA CLAIMS OVER 5,000 LIVES

The World Health Organization has advised that by October 25, the number of Ebola cases has exceeded the 10,000 mark, holding with about a 50 percent mortality rate. The number could be higher since a lack of beds in Ebola treatment centers means some victims are forced to stay at home - and those deaths could remain unreported.

NIGERIA CONQUERS ‘EBOLA’

Nigeria was declared free of the deadly Ebola virus on October 20 by WHO after a determined doctor and thousands of officials and volunteers helped end an outbreak still ravaging other parts of West Africa and threatening the United States and Spain.

UNO TO WORK FOR POVERTY ALLEVIATION

UNO observed the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on 17th October. The theme for the day for 2014 was “Leave no one behind: think, decide and act together against extreme poverty”. UN Secretary-General Ban Kimoon said that more than 1.2 billion people are living on less than $1.25 a day and 2.4 billion are living on less than $2 a day.

BRITAIN EXITS FROM AFGHANISTAN

The United Kingdom finally called it a day to its presence in Afghanistan when it handed over its last base there in Helmand province to the Afghan forces, marking an official end to the 13-year-long combat operations that claimed over 450 British lives in the war-torn country.

SECURITY COUNCIL GETS 5 NEW MEMBERS

Five countries - Angola, Malaysia, New Zealand, Venezuela and Spain were elected by the UN General Assembly as the new non-permanent members of the Security Council for a two years term beginning from Jan 1, 2015. These five countries will replace retiring members Argentina, Australia, Luxembourg, South Korea and Rwanda.

4 INDIANS IN FORTUNE TOP 40 UNDER 40

 

U N CLIMATE SUMMIT HELD IN NEW YORK

 

Four Indians have been named by Fortune in its 2014 list of the 40 most powerful, influential and important people in business under the age of 40. The list has been topped by ridesharing service company Uber’s 38-year-old co- founder Travis Kalanick and community-driven hospitality company Airbnb’s 33-year-old CEO Brian Chesky.

UN Climate Change Summit 2014 held at UN headquarters

 

in

New York on 23 September 2014. The purpose of the

Summit was to raise political momentum for a meaningful universal climate agreement in Paris in 2015.

SCOTLAND TO STAY WITH UK

SCOTLAND TO STAY WITH UK

The Indians on the list are Economics professor at Harvard Raj Chetty-16, Micromax co-founder and CEO Rahul Sharma-21, Snapdeal Co-Founder and CEO Kunal Bahl-25 and Twitter’s General Counsel and the only woman on the company’s executive team Vijaya Gadde-28.

Scotland has rejected indepen-

dence and decided

to

stay with United

JAFFNA – COLOMBO RAIL LINK OPENED

 

Kingdom. In a referendum that threatened to break up 307 years union between them, 55 percent.

A

nearly

400-km

long

Jaffna-Colombo

railway

line,

reconstructed with Indian assistance in Sri Lanka's former war zone, was inaugurated on 13th October, 24 years after it was shut down during the civil war.

CHINA PLANS INTERNATIONAL DEV BANK

 

Scottish people polled NO vote and 45 percent YES vote to a simple question “Should Scotland be an independent country?” United Kingdom comprises of four countries – England, Scotland, North Ireland and Wales.

 

China and 20 other countries plan to set up an Asian

infrastructure Bank seen as a counterweight to West backed international development banks. The group agreed to establish the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank in Beijing with an expected initial capital of 50 billion US dollars.

25th ASEAN Summit to be held on Nov 12-13 at Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar.

UKRAINE MOVES AWAY FROM RUSSIA

Ukraine's Parliament has ratified a landmark European Union pact that decisively steers the former Soviet state towards Europe and away from Russian influence. The

legislation grants greater autonomy to the separatist regions

 

Google closed the social networking site Orkut on 30 September 2014. The site was started in 2004 by Orkut Buyukkokten, a Google employee.

Severe typhoon – Vongfong slammed into Japan on 13th Oct. at Makurazaki on Kyushu Island with winds of

in

the east of the country, as well as amnesty for most of

those involved in recent fighting with government forces.

 

NATO ADOPTS ‘WALES RESOLUTION’

 

The NATO summit

was

held in

Wales, UK on

4

to

5

up to 180 kmph, causing widespread destruction.

 

September 2014. Leaders from around 60 countries including USA and France attended the summit. The resolutions adopted in the summit were named ‘Wales Resolution’.

 

Strong typhoon Phanfone slammed into Japan on 5 th Oct. with winds of up to 180 kmph lashing the shore, bringing heavy rain and chaos in areas around Tokyo.

 

SEPTEMBER 2014

PAKISTAN REELS UNDER FLOOD FURY

 

At

least 280 people have been killed and over two million

 

MODI ADDRESSES UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the 69 th session of United Nations General Assembly, UNGA in New York. The theme of the speech was ‘delivering and implementing the Post-2015 development agenda’.

affected in massive flooding triggered by heavy monsoon rains in Pakistan, mainly in Punjab province and in Pakistanoccupied Kashmir (PoK). Most havoc was caused by overflowing of major rivers like Chenab and Jhelum.

NO INDIAN UNIVERSITY IN WORLD’s TOP 220

 

BAMIYAN, DHAKA TO BE CULTURAL CAPITAL

 

The QS World University Ranking 2014 ranks Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA at number one, followed by the University of Cambridge, Imperial College, London, Harvard University and University of Oxford. Highest rank secured by an Indian university is 222 secured by IIT, Bombay, followed by IIT Delhi-235.

 

SAARC Culture Ministers Conference was held at New Delhi

on

25 September. The meet named Bamiyan, the Afghan

town which shot into prominence when the Taliban blew up two ancient statues of the Buddha in 2001, to be the SAARC

cultural capital for a year beginning April 2015 and Dhaka

for

2016-17. The year 2016-17 was also declared the SAARC

 

Year of Cultural Heritage.

 

ONE MILLION BABIES DIE IN FIRST 24 HOURS

 
   

A

report released by the United Nations Children's Fund

 

FRANCE ATTEMPTS TO REDUCE SMOKING

In a bid to reduce high smoking rates among the teenagers, France plans to introduce plain cigarette packaging and ban electronic cigarettes in certain public places. The new cigarette packets would be “the same shape, same size, same colour, same typeset” to make smoking less attractive to young smokers.

(UNICEF) states that one million babies each year died within 24 hours of birth from mostly preventable causes. Further, almost 2.8 million babies die each year within the first 28 days. The Report showed that many of these deaths could be easily prevented with simple, cost-effective

interventions before, during and immediately after birth.

6th meeting of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation for Home Ministers held on September 19 at Kathmandu, attended by Rajnath Singh.

West Asia’s largest consumer IT and electronics retail show- GITEX Shopper held at World Trade Center in Dubai

London will host its first-ever Regional Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (RPBD) next month from October 16 to 18.

The seventh round of nuclear talks between Iran and six major world powers- US, UK, France, Russia, China and Germany were held in New York.

PERSONS IN NEWS

NOVEMBER 2014

NARENDRA MODI: joined the Forbes list of the world's most powerful people at 15th rank. The list is topped by the Russian President Vladimir Putin, followed by Barack Obama. Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani scored 36 th rank.

ARUNDHATI BHATTACHARYA: The Chairperson of country's largest bank- SBI, was named as the most- powerful business woman in India by Fortune Magazine. She was followed by ICICI Bank's Chanda Kochhar and Shikha Sharma of Axis Bank.

E. SREEDHARAN: Ministry of Railways has appointed Father of Delhi Metro – ‘Metroman’ head of the committee to suggest a "proper system and procedure to ensure proper accountability and transparency" at General Manager level and other functionaries level for taking all commercial decisions.

GEN. DALBIR SINGH SUHAG: Indian Army Chief was conferred the title of honorary rank of General of Nepal Army by the Nepalese President Ram Baran Yadav.

FARHAN AKHTAR: Bollywood actor-director became the first man in the history of “UN Women” to be appointed as its Goodwill Ambassador for South Asia. He will advocate for gender equality and women's empowerment.

REUBEN PAUL: An eight-year old Indian-origin child prodigy was in news as he delivered the keynote address at the Ground Zero Summit on cyber security held in New Delhi.

NIKKI HALEY: Governor of South Caorlina state, USA, the youngest of current US Governors (42) was in news as she visited Punjab and promised South Carolina’s support to Punjab in setting up aerospace, pharma, tourism and agro- processing industries.

MALALA YOUSAFZAI: Pakistani teenage rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner was in news for donating $50,000 to help rebuild UN schools in Gaza that have been damaged during the recent fight with Israel.

CHUCK HAGEL: U.S. Defense Secretary was in news as he resigned from his post.

BARACK OBAMA: US President will be the Chief Guest at India's 2015 Republic Day celebrations. This will be the first time a US President will attend the function.

VLADIMIR PUTIN: Russian President was in news as he walked out of the G20 summit in Australia, after he faced scorn and scepticism from Western leaders over Russia’s interference in Ukraine.

ROBERT O’NEILL: An ex- Navy SEAL was in news as he has been unmasked as the man who pumped three shots to the head of elusive Al- Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden during a top-secret raid on May 2, 2011 at his hideout in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

raid on May 2, 2011 at his hideout in Abbottabad, Pakistan. SAIRA BLAIR: Eighteen-year-old girl from

SAIRA BLAIR: Eighteen-year-old girl from West Virginia University was in news as she secured a landslide victory by securing 63 percent votes for a seat in the state legislature house of West Virginia, USA, becoming the youngest person ever to achieve this feat.

OCTOBER 2014

RAGHURAM RAJAN: Reserve Bank of India Governor has received the Euromoney’s “Central Bank Governor of the Year Award 2014” in Washington on October 10 for his excellent performance. Euromoney is a reputed international financial magazine of UK.

SARITA DEVI: Indian boxer was in news as the International Boxing Association provisionally suspended her for protesting against a controversial verdict, at 2014 Incheon Asian Games. She declined to accept the bronze medal awarded to her as she expected to win the silver medal.

SHAKTI DEVI: An Indian police inspector has been named recipient of the prestigious International Female Police Peacekeeper Award 2014 by the UN's police division for her "exceptional achievements" in her duty with the UN mission in Afghanistan, including her efforts towards helping victims of sexual and gender-based violence.

HARSHIT SAUMITRA: A five-year-old Indian boy has become the youngest person to reach the Everest Base Camp (EBC). A class 1 student from New Delhi, Harshit took 10 days to cover the distance of 62km trek. He also climbed the nearby Kalapathar (5550 m) peak

LEELA SAMSON: Eminent Bharatnatyam dancer and Chairperson of Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) was in news as she resigned from the post of Chairperson of Sangeet Natak Akademi.

THOMAS KAILATH: Indian-American professor from USA is one of the nine scientists selected for the prestigious National Medal of Science, the highest honour for achievement in the fields of science and engineering in USA.

JOSHUA WONG: He has just completed 18 years but he is one of the fieriest political activists in Hong Kong. He is the founder of students organisation “Scholarism” which is leading the pro democracy youth movement in Hong Kong.

JEFFREY P. BEZOS: The Chief Executive of the world’s largest e-tailer –Amazon.com, called on Modi and committed $2 billion investment in the country.

MARK ZUCKERBERG: Founder and CEO of Facebook, called on the Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi.

ALAN EUSTACE: A senior Google vice-president (57) created a new world record for highest free-fall parachute jump. He went up hanging with a Helium balloon and jumped in a specially designed space suit from an altitude of 135908 foot (41.4kms) reaching a max speed of 1300 kmph

SEPTEMBER 2014

R A MASHELKAR: Eminent scientist and former Director General of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, has been named to head an expert panel to recommend best technologies for the "Swachh Bharat" national sanitation campaign with an emphasis on areas like potable water and sanitation.

AKKINENI NAGESWARA RAO (ANR): Legendary Telugu actor, who passed away in January 2014, became the first Indian actor to be honoured with a postage stamp by the U.S. Post Service (USPS).

CHITRESH TATHA: 12-year-old, a sailor of ‘Optimist’ dinghy category is the youngest sailor to represent India at the 2014 Asian Games at Incheon, South Korea.

TN SURESH KUMAR: A senior ISRO scientist has become the first Indian to visit the stratosphere, the second layer of the Earth’s atmosphere. He travelled to an altitude of 17,100 metres in 48 minutes in a MIG-29 reaching a maximum speed of 1850 km per hour from Sokol Airbase near Nizhny Novgorod in Russia.

J. JAYALALITHAA: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister was in news as she and three others were sentenced to four years in jail by a special court in Bangalore in a 66.65 crore rupees Disproportionate Assets case on 27th September. She was also fined Rs. 100 crore.

ALOK SHETTY: The 28 year old Indian architect has been named ‘Young Leader of Tomorrow’ by Time magazine for his pioneering work in designing affordable flood-proof houses for slum dwellers.

KRITTIKA BISWAS: 21 year old daughter of an Indian diplomat in New York consulate was in news as she won a significant legal victory from the local court which awarded $225,000 settlement for her wrongful arrest and jail for a day in 2011.

JACK MA: Chinese founder and promoter of world’s largest online shopping portal – Alibaba was in news as the firm successfully launched world’s largest IPO, amassing around $25 billion from the investors.

CONNIE HEDEGAARD, Commissioner for Climate Action, European Commission visited India to mobilize opinion in favour of acceptance of Common But Differentiated Responsibility (CBDR) resolution in an realistic manner.

TOM THABANE: Prime Minister of Lesotho, a tiny hilly kingdom in South Africa, was in news as he fled in fear of his life after soldiers seized power in a coup.

USAIN BOLT: Sprint king from Jamaica was in news as he visited Bangalore for a day to take part in a cricket match at the Chinnaswamy Stadium as part of promotional activity for a footwear company.

APPOINTMENTS

NOVEMBER 2014

LIST OF CABINET MINISTERS AS ON 30.11.2014

 
 

Person Name

Position

1

NARENDRA MODI Head of the Government

Prime Minister, Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions; Department of Atomic Energy; Department of Space; all important policy issues and all other portfolios not allocated to any Minister

2

Rajnath Singh

Home Affairs

3

Sushma Swaraj

External Affairs, Overseas Indian Affairs

 

4

Arun Jaitley

Finance,

Corporate

Affairs,

Information

&

Broadcasting

5

Manohar

Defence

 

Parrikar

6

Radha Mohan

Agriculture

 

Singh

7

J.P. Nadda

Health and Family Welfare

 

8

M.

Venkaiah

Urban Development, Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, Parliamentary Affairs

Naidu

9

Nitin Jairam

Road Transport and Highways, Shipping

 
 

Gadkari

10

Suresh Prabhu

Railways

11

Uma Bharati

Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation

12

Dr.

Najma A.

Minority Affairs

 

Heptulla

 

13

Chaudhary

Rural Development, Panchayati Raj, Drinking Water and Sanitation

Birender Singh

14

Ramvilas

Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution

 
 

Paswan

 

15

Kalraj Mishra

Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises

 

16

Maneka Sanjay

Women and Child Development

 
 

Gandhi

 

17

Ananthkumar

Chemicals and Fertilizers

 

18

Ravi Shankar

Communications and Information Technology

 
 

Prasad

19

 

AG Raju

Civil Aviation

Pusapati

20

Anant Geete

Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises

 

21

Harsimrat Kaur

Food Processing Industries

 
 

Badal

22

Narendra Singh

Mines, Steel, Labour and Employmen

 
 

Tomar

 

23

Jual Oram

Tribal Affairs

24

Sadananda

Law and Justice

 
 

Gowda

 

25

Thaawar Chand

Social Justice and Empowermen

 
 

Gehlot

26

Smriti Zubin

Human Resource Developmen

 
 

Irani

27

Dr. Harsh

Science & Technology / Earth Science

 

Vardhan

DEEPAK

Commission (UPSC)

JUSTICE C K PRASAD: Chairman of the Press Council of India

HASMUKH ADHIA: Union Financial Services Secretary

G S SANDHU: Chairman of National Chemical Weapon

Convention.

LAXMIKANT PARSEKAR: Chief Minister, Goa

ANITA KAPUR:Chairperson of the Central Board of Direct Taxes.

KLAUS WARREN LOHANNIS: President of Romania, first non Romanian (German) to become President

GUPTA:

Chairman

of

Union

Public

Service

OCTOBER 2014

MANOHAR LAL KHATTAR: New Chief Minister of Haryana

DEVENDRA FADNAVIS: New Chief Minister of Maharashtra

ARVIND SUBRAMANIAN: Chief Economic Adviser to the Union Government. He is the former IMF economist

RAJIV MEHRISHI: Union Finance Secretary

Dr. A SURYA PRAKASH: Chairman, Prasaar Bharati Board

HEMANT CONTRACTOR: Chairman of Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA)

DILMA ROUSSEFF: Re-elected as the President of Brazil, second term leading her Workers Party

KHALED BAHAH: Prime Minister of Yemen

JENS STOLTENBERG: Secretary-General of NATO

India has been re-elected as member of the 47-nation UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) for the period of 2015-17

SEPTEMBER 2014

R A MASHELKAR: Technology Head of the "Swachh Bharat Mission".

LALITHA KUMARAMANGALAM: Chairperson of the National Commission for Women.

P. SATHASIVAM: Governor of Kerala, he is former Chief Justice of India

HARDEEP SINGH PURI: Secretary General of Independent Commission on Multilateralism

O PANNEERSELVAM: Elected as new Chief Minister of

Tamil Nadu, in place of Jayalalitha

ADIL ZAINULBHAI: Former McKinsey India Chief has been appointed Chairman, Quality Council of India.

JUSTICE H.L. DATTU: 42nd Chief Justice of India.

ASHRAF GHANI: President of Afghanistan

VOREQE BAINIMARAMA: Fiji's new Prime Minister

JOHN KEY: Prime Minister of New Zealand

LE YUCHENG: China's new Ambassador to India.

RICHARD RAHUL VERMA: Next US ambassador to India.

AWARDS & HONOURS

NOVEMBER 2014

INDIRA GANDHI PRIZE for Peace, Disarmament and Development for 2014: Indian Space Research Organisation – ISRO for its contribution in strengthening international cooperation in peaceful use of outer space.

GANDHIAN PHILOSOPHY and Public Service Broadcasting Award 2014: Won by Radio Kashmir, Jammu for its programme Jeevan Rekha.

CENTENARY AWARD for Indian Film Personality of the Year: Rajinikanth, super star of south cinema was conferred this honour at the 45th International Film Festival of India, in Goa.

Sumitra Charat Ram Award 2014: Pandit Jasraj, veteran classical vocalist for Lifetime Achievement.

INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S PEACE PRIZE: Neha Gupta (18), an Indian-American from Philadelphia, won the prestigious prize for her work to help orphans in India and other vulnerable children. She became the first ever American to be awarded the prize in The Hague, Netherlands.

IIM- JRD TATA AWARD for Excellence in Corporate leadership: C S Verma, Chairman, SAIL

THE IPI INDIA AWARD for Excellence in Journalism, 2014, awarded jointly to Hindustan Times and The Week for “outstanding journalistic work” during 2013. IPI International Press Institute, Vienna (Austria)

WORLD’S CHILDREN PRIZE: Malala Yousafzai in Sweden

THE GRAND CORDON of the Order of the Paulownia Flowers: One of Japan’s top national awards, conferred on Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for his contribution to Indo-Japan ties. He is first Indian to receive this honour.

SYDNEY PEACE PRIZE 2014: Julian Burnside, Human rights advocate and barrister from Australia.

SAKHAROV PRIZE for Human Rights: Denis Mukwege from Congo for treating victims of gang rape

OCTOBER 2014

NATIONAL RAIL AWARD: Harish Kanwar, Deputy Director in Railway Board for his contribution in completion of the Pirpanjal rail tunnel in J&K.

NATIONAL KISHORE KUMAR AWARD: Noted Bollywood lyricist Sameer

LAL BAHADUR SHASTRI NATIONAL AWARD – 2014 for Excellence in Public Administration, Academics and Management: Dr. A. Sivathanu Pillai, CEO and MD of BrahMos Aerospace.

WORLD MEDIA SUMMIT Global Awards for Excellence, 2014: P. Sainath, Rural Affairs Editor at The Hindu got the Public Welfare Award. He is one of the five other media entities honoured with these awards.

2014 Nobel Prizes Declared

BEL PRIZE WINNERS

PRIZE FIELD

PRIZE DECIDED BY

WINNER OF 2014

 

SELECTED WORK

 

The Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institute, Stockholm

John O’Keefe of the USA, May-

For discovering brain’s internal positioning system, helping humans find their ways and giving clues to how strokes and Alzheimer affect the brain.

Physiology

Britt & Edward Norway

Moser

of

or Medicine

 

Physics

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

Isamu Akasaki and Hiroshi Amano from Japan and U.S. citizen Shuji Nakamura

For inventing blue light-emitting diodes, a breakthrough that has spurred the development of LED technology to light up homes, computer screens and smartphones worldwide.

Chemistry

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

Eric Betzig and William Moerner from the USA; Stefan Hell from Germany

For finding ways to make microscopes more powerful than previously thought possible, allowing scientists to see how diseases develop inside the tiniest cells.

Literature

The Swedish Academy

Patrick Modiano, France

 

For his moody, terse and occasionally dreamlike novels, often set during the Nazi occupation of France

Peace

The Norwegian Nobel Committee

Indian child right activist Kailash Satyarthi and Pakistani child education activist Malala Yousafzai (See details below)

For their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of education for all children.

Economics

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

Jean Tirole, France

For research on market power and regulation that has helped policy-makers understand how to deal with industries dominated by a few dominant companies

ILDSCREEN PANDA AWARD: The coveted wildlife photography award in best newcomer category was won by Ashwika Kapur for her film, Sirocco - how a dud became a stud at the annual Wildscreen Film Festival held at Bristol, UK.

   

SHANTI SWARUP BHATNAGAR AWARD: 10 scientists selected for the annual award conferred for their outstanding works in the field of science and technology. It consists of a cash prize of Rs 5 lakh, a citation and a plaque.

CULTURAL MEDALLION 2014 (Singapore): KTM Iqbal, an Indian-origin Singaporean poet and writer was named for this highest cultural award of Singapore.

SAAKSHAR BHARAT AWARDS are given on International Literacy Day – Sep 8 by the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development for the best performance in the field of adult education.

WORLD FOOD PRIZE 2014: Dr Sanjaya Rajaram for his scientific research that led to a bumper growth in world wheat production.

BHARTENDU HARISHCHANDRA AWARDS: Given by Union Ministry for Information & Broadcasting for original writing in Hindi by Indian authors on subjects like Journalism and Mass Communication, National Integration, Women’s Issues and Children’s Literature.

MAN BOOKER PRIZE: The Australian novelist Richard Flanagan for book “The Narrow Road to the Deep North.”

The book tells the harrowing story of an Australian surgeon who is held in a Japanese P.O.W. camp and is forced to work on the Thailand-Burma Railway. The prize given annually for the best published literary work in English carries a cash award of British Pounds 50,000.

MIDORI PRIZE IN BIODIVERSITY – 2014: Kamal Bawa, Indian scientist and ecologist for his research on climate change in the Himalayas. The prize given by a Japanese foundation, honours three individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity.

WAISLITZ GLOBAL CITIZEN AWARD: Anoop Jain for his work in founding Humanure Power in Bihar in 2011 that builds community sanitation facilities in rural India.

GOLDEN LION: Award for best film at the Venice Film Festival was bagged by the Swedish film, A Pigeon Sat on a Branch While Reflecting on Existence directed by Roy Anderson.

GLOBAL DIVERSITY AWARD 2014: Shah Rukh Khan has been honoured with this award by British Parliament for his contribution to cinema.

LION OF THE FUTURE: Award for best debut feature film at the Venice Film Festival won by the film Court by Indian writer-director Chaitanya Tamhane.

SEPTEMBER 2014

SARASWATI SAMMAN: Noted Hindi novelist Govind Mishra for his novel ‘Dhool Paudhon Par’. The prize is given annually by the K K Birla Foundation in recognition of outstanding literary work in any one of the Indian languages listed in Schedule VIII of the constitution of India. The prize carries a cash award of Rs. Ten lakh.

   

SUCCESS DEPENDS ONLY ON THE SECOND

 

LETTERU

!!

BOOKS & AUTHORS

OBITUARY

NOVEMBER 2014

NOVEMBER 2014

Your Dreams are Mine Now by Ravinder Singh

RAVI CHOPRA: Veteran film director from Bollywood,

7 Secretes of the Goddess by Dev Dutt Pattnaik

famous for his tele serial Baghban.

– Mahabharat and movie –

The Dramatic Decade: The Indira Gandhi Years by Pranab Mukherjee, President of India

SADASHIV AMRAPURKAR: Mumbai Cinema actor, winner of two Filmfare awards.

The Scatter Here is Too Great by Bilal Tanweer of Lahore won the 2014 Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize.

MURLI DEORA: Eminent Congress leader from Maharashtra and former Union Petroleum Minister

Truth Always Prevails by Sadruddin Hashwani

The Rich by John Kampfner

SITARA DEVI: Eminent Kathak danseuse, Padma sri awardee. Kathak is a prominent classical dance form of Uttar Pradesh.

OCTOBER 2014

Final Test: Exit Sachin Tendulkar by Dilip D’Souza

P D JAMES: Noted English crime thriller novelist from UK. Popular as “Queen of Crime” and known for the fictitious character of poet-cum-detective - Adam Dalgliesh created by her.

PHILLIP HUGHES: Australian star batsman was in news as he suffered a fatal hit on his neck by a short-pitched bouncer thrown by Sean Abbott, in a domestic match in Sydney, leading to his death after three days, on Nov 27.

The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan

A Man and A Motorcycle, How Hamid Karzai Came to Power by Bette Dam

Worthy Fights: A Memoir of Leadership in War and Peace by Leon Panetta, and Jim Newton

Sons of Brahama by Dhruba Hazarika

KEN TAKAKURA: Noted Japanese film actor

The divided Island by Samanth Subramanian

WARREN ANDERSON: Former Union Carbide chief, wanted in India in connection with the 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy, died at 92 in New York – Sep 29.

SEPTEMBER 2014

And then One Day: A Memoir – Autobiography of noted film artist Naseeruddin Shah

OCTOBER 2014

The Highlights by Frank Keating

Odyssey of My Life: Autobiography of former Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil

Playing It My Way — My Autobiography by cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar

Gods of Antarctica by Yashwardhan Shukla, a 13 year old school boy from Delhi

M.V. KAMATH: Veteran journalist and former Prasar Bharati Chairman, Padmasri awardee from Karnataka.

JAGDISH SHARAN PANDE: Noted freedom fighter from Almora, Uttarakhand.

MARTIN PERL: Nobel Prize-winning physicist from USA, known for discovery of a subatomic particle known as the Tau Lepton.

SEPTEMBER 2014

The Lives of Others by Neel Mukherjee, Kolkata-born British author. The book has been shortlisted for the prestigious Booker Prize 2014

BIPAN CHANDRA: Padma Bhushan awardee historian, authority on economic and political history of India.

BAPU (Sathiraju Lakshminarayana): Veteran Telugu film director, artist and cartoonist, Padma Sri awardee

BAPU (Sathiraju Lakshminarayana): Veteran Telugu film director, artist and cartoonist, Padma Sri awardee

G.E. VAHANVATI: The former Attorney-General of India

BALRAJ PURI: Veteran journalist, Padma Bhushan awardee, author of over 40 books

MANDOLIN U. SHRINIVAS: Eminent Carnatic music exponent from Andhra Pradesh, Padmasri awardee, known for his expert use of mandolin, a western instrument, in Carnatic music. He passed away at an early age of 45.

KIREET JOSHI: Eminent educationist and former education adviser to the Union government

FIROZA BEGUM: Prominent Bangladeshi Nazrul Sangeet singer

JOAN RIVERS: 81-year-old noted lady comedian and TV host from USA

NORMAN GORDON: South African fast bowler, oldest surviving Test cricketer passed away at 103 years.

PLACES IN NEWS

NOVEMBER 2014

JAYAPUR: A village near Varanasi was in news as it was adopted for development by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi under ‘Sansad Gram Yojna’.

HAMPI: Place in Karnataka was in news as some 20 drawings of the Harappan (Sindhu) era in Gondi dialect were discovered there at a nearby hilltop.

PENDARI: A village on the outskirts of Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh was in news as over 14 women died due to faulty sterlisation operations performed on them at a government medical camp organised there.

LIPULEKH PASS: The mountain pass in Dharchula, Uttrakhand was in news as border trade worth over Rs 3 crore took place between India and China this year through this pass.

WAGAH: The small town on Indo-Pak border, famous for its ceremonial beating retreat, was in news as a horrific suicide attack took place there on Nov 2, killing over 61 persons and injuring another around 100 persons, who had come there for attending the flag lowering ceremony.

FERGUSON: A small town in Missouri State of USA was in news as it suffered violent racial riots. The riots sparked after a grand jury cleared a white police officer in the fatal August 9 shooting of an unarmed black teenager. Protests were also staged in New York, Chicago, Seattle, Los Angeles, Oakland, California, and Washington DC on this issue.

BERLIN WALL: Massive public celebrations were held in Germany to mark the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. The Berlin Wall was built in 1961 to stop people fleeing the communist East. Its fall in 1989 became a powerful symbol of the end of the Cold War.

CATALONIA: A small but prosperous region in north eastern Spain was in news as it voted in a symbolic ballot on Nov 9 on the issue – “whether to break away from Spain or not” to emerge as an independent state.

WORLD TRADE CENTER, NY: The 104-story, $3.9 billion skyscraper at Manhattan, New York, the tallest in America, was inaugurated on Nov 03, almost thirteen years after the 9/11 terrorist attack that destroyed the original towers. US publishing giant Conde Nast became the first commercial tenant.

OCTOBER 2014

VISAKHAPATNAM: A major coastal city of Andhra Pradesh suffered wide spread destruction under the impact of severe super cyclone ‘Hudhud’

NALIYA: Small town on coast of Kutchh, Gujarat was in news as it was struck by super cyclone Nilofer.

SEPTEMBER 2014

GOA: The city was declared as the permanent venue for the International Film Festival of India (IFFI). The 45th IFFI will be held here from 20 to 30 November, 2014.

VIJAYAWADA: City of Andhra Pradesh was in news as it was declared to be the new capital of Andhra Pradesh.

CHABAD HOUSE: The Jewish centre, also called Nariman House, in Mumbai was reopened on 26 August 2014, nearly six years after the 26/11 terror attack in November 2008. The Centre is a sacred synagogue of Jews.

OMARI MOSQUE, Jabaliya: The centuries old mosque in Gaza was in news recently due to its destruction in ongoing Israel-Gaza conflict.

MOUNT ONTAKE: The volcano 200 km west of Tokyo was in news as it erupted suddenly, belching out clouds of rock and ash, catching hundreds of hikers unawares and killing over 36 persons.

SPORTS WORLD

NOVEMBER 2014

ROHIT SHARMA made history by scoring the highest individual score of 264 runs (173b, 33x4, 9x6) in the world

history of ODIs, playing against Sri Lanka in Kolkata’s Eden Garden Stadium on Nov 13.

He became the only batsman in world to score two double centuries in ODI format.

His previous best of 209 was against Australia in 2013 in Bengaluru.

He also created a world record for most fours-33 in a single innings.

M S Dhoni was named as the captain of ICC ODI Team of the Year 2014.

C.K. Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award for 2014:

Former Indian captain Dilip Vengsarkar. The Award is given by BCCI.

Polly Umrigar Award 2013-14: Pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar for being India’s best international cricketer of the year, given by BCCI.

ICC’s LG People's Choice Award 2014: Indian fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar

VIRAT KOHLI: Star batsman became the quickest cricketer to reach 6,000 runs in ODIs, beating legendary West Indian Vivian Richards’ record. He scored this feat during India’s third ODI against Sri Lanka in Hyderabad.

Abhinav Bindra: India’s ace shooter became the first

Indian to be elected as Chairman of International Shooting Sport Federation's (ISSF) Athletes Committee.

Sachin Tendulkar was inducted into the Bradman Hall of Fame on 5th October at the Sydney Cricket Ground, Australia.

Ms Deborah, a tribal girl from Andaman and Nicobar Islands has created history in National Level by winning four Gold Medals in the Track Asia Cup Cycling Championship 2014 held at New Delhi.

Novak Djokovic (Serbia) won the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals on Nov 16 at London.

Switzerland won their first ever Davis Cup Tennis title at Lille, France, beating France.

World Women's Boxing Championships held in Jiju, South Korea. S Sarjubala and Saweety won the silver medals for India.

World Tour Golf Championship held at Jumeirah Golf states in Dubai is won by Henrik Stenson from Sweden.

54th National Open Athletics Championships held at New Delhi. Tintu Luka was adjudged the best female athlete and Ankit Sharma was named the best male athlete.

South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Women's Championship: India wins beating Nepal in Islamabad, Pakistan.

2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships to be hosted by Doha, Qatar. 2015 and 2017 games will be hosted by Beijing and London, respectively.

Africa Cup of Nations 2015 - The 16 nation Football tournament will be hosted by Equatorial Guinea.

Seaways

IBSF

World Snooker Championship held at

Bengaluru.

Indian cricket team won 5-match ODI series in a whitewash against Sri Lanka, winning all the five matches.

Lee Chong Wei: World number one in Badminton has been suspended by The Badminton World Federation due to an apparent anti-doping regulation violation.

Saina Nehwal and K Srikanth clinched the women's and men's singles title (Badminton) of the China Open Super Series Premier in Fuzhou, China, on 15 th Nov.

Duleep Trophy: Central Zone lifts the cricket cup after beating South Zone at New Delhi.

 

OCTOBER 2014

CURTAINS DOWN FOR 17TH ASIAN GAMES

43 rd Handball National Championship (women’s):

The 17th Asian Games came to an end at Incheon on 4th October. The 16-day sporting extravaganza saw intense action among 45 countries with 9,500 sports persons. As many as 14 world records were registered and more than

Punjab beats Haryana to win the tournament at Mastuana Sahib, Punjab.

127 th Durand Cup: Salgaocar FC won the prestigious Football championship in Goa, defeating Pune FC.

28

Games records were broken in this duration.

China topped with 342 medals (151 gold, 108 silver and

World Kabaddi League: United Singhs won the finals beating Khalsa Warriors at Mohali, Punjab.

83

bronze) followed by South Korea (234) and Japan (200).

India was placed at 8th rank, securing 57 medals - 11 Gold,

68th Sr National Aquatic Championship held at Kolkata.

10 Silver and 36 Bronze. In the last Asian Games at Guangzhou, India stood sixth.

Terry Walsh quits as the Head Coach of the National Hockey team.

Kosuke Hagino, the Japanese swimmer, was named as the “Most Valuable Player” of the 17th Asian Games.

Mitchell Johnson: Australia’s fast bowler won the International Cricket Council's (ICC) Sir Garfield Sobers trophy for the Cricketer of the Year award for 2014.